Sunday, September 26, 2010
Andrew Jackson fresh from crushing the southwest Indians at the Battle of Horshoe Bend, was placed in command to crush the British efforts to control the Mississippi river. Jackson scored a victory at New Orleans when the overconfident British launched a frontal assault on the entrenched American riflemen and cannoneers. The British suffered a devastating defeat with over two thousand killed and wounded. Jackson's victory, however was quiet meaningless since a treaty two weeks prior had been signed ending the war ( Treaty of Ghent ). Although the Battle was meaningless it unleashed a wave of nationalism and self-confidence.