The Battle of New Orleans was the last major battle to take place during the War of 1812. Two years into the war, toward the end of 1814, Britain began to focus their attention on the Southern port city of New Orleans. New Orleans was a promising target for the British army because it was the entrance to the Mississippi River and by it, the heart of America’s inland shipping and transportation. Having been defeated at the Battle of Baltimore in September, British Admiral Alexander Cochrane focused on repairing his fleet and sailing his 8,000-man force south, where they eventually...

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