American forces, commanded by Maj. Gen. Andrew Jackson, defeated the British Army in Louisiana during the last major battle of the War of 1812. Not only did this victory save New Orleans from British conquest, but it also made the Mississippi an American river, opened the way for westward expansion, and increased the nation’s prestige.
Twenty-four years after the Battle of New Orleans, the Young Men’s Jackson Committee formed in an effort to create a memorial commemorating the battle’s heroes. Beginning with an overview of the Battle of New Orleans, this book details the history of the Chalmette Monument. Firsthand accounts and excerpts from the Times-Picayune chronicle the process, from its conception in 1839 through its completion in 1908. The study also includes period photographs of the monument and portraits of such historical figures as Gen. Andrew Jackson; Abdiel Daily Crossman, a chairman of the Jackson Monument Association and three-time mayor of New Orleans; along with Newton Richards, the designer of the original monument.