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Kurz & Allison Battle of New Orleans

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00249.01 Author/Creator: Kurz & Allison Place Written: Chicago, Illinois Type: Print Date: 1890 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Published by Kurz & Allison at 76 & 78 Wabash Avenue in Chicago. Depicts General Andrew Jackson, on a white horse, leading his troops in the defense of New Orleans on 8 January 1815, the last major battle of the War of 1812. The American troops are a ragtag group of soldiers, some in uniform, others in frontier garb, and still others in civilian clothes. They crouch behind bales of cotton as neat rows of British troops, under Major General Edward Pakenham, charge to their death. A sword-wielding officer is struck by a round leading the British charge (this is probably not Pakenham, who was killed on horseback, 500 yards from the American lines). Smoke fills the air and large British ships-of-the-line float in the background. Paper discoloaration from matting is visible around the image and what appears to be glue residue is on the margin. Some very slight damage on the edges.

People: Kurz & Allison (Firm)
Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845.

Historical Era: Rise of Industrial America, 1877-1900

Keywords/Subjects: Battle, War of 1812, Military History, Art, Music, Theater, and Film, Death, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy, President

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