The battle of new orleans was fought on january 8 1815 between the british army under major general sir edward pakenham and the united states army under brevet major general andrew jackson it took place approximately 5 miles 80 kilometres east southeast of the city of new orleans close to the present day town of chalmette louisiana and was a us victory. Battle of new orleans battle of new orleans january 8 1815 the final military engagement between the united states and great britain in the war of 1812 led by general andrew jackson us troops were victorious despite being outnumbered by british troops led by general edward pakenham this greatly increased jacksons popularity. The battle of new orleans was the climactic battle of americas forgotten war of 1812 andrew jackson led his ragtag corps of soldiers against 8000 disciplined invading british regulars in a battle that delivered the british a humiliating military defeat the victory solidified americas independence and marked the beginning of jacksons rise to national prominence. The victory at new orleans on january 8 cost jackson around 13 killed 58 wounded and 30 captured for a total of 101 the british reported their losses as 291 killed 1262 wounded and 484 captured missing for a total of 2037 a stunningly one sided victory the battle of new orleans was the signature american land victory of the war
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