January 8, 1815: Andrew Jackson’s United States forces defeat the British at the Battle of New Orleans

Although the British and United States had signed a peace treaty in Belgium, word had not yet reached the troops. The victory at New Orleans made Andrew Jackson a national hero and paved his way to the White House.

Image:  First page of letter from Major General Andrew Jackson, camped four miles below New Orleans, to Governor David Holmes, informing him of the British defeat on January 8, 1815, thanking him for his services, asking that when the arms arrive at Natchez they be hastened on “to this point,” and asking that the man who had been entrusted with the arms shipment be arrested and sent to General Jackson.

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