Chalmette Battlefield

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The Chalmette Battlefield and National Cemetery is the site of the Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812. Visitors will see the Chalmette Monument, cannon replicas, and the Malus-Beauregard House. Battlefield grounds, visitor center and public restrooms are open 7 days/week, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The commemoration of the Battle of New Orleans is held annually the second weekend in January. Visitors enjoy cannon and musket firings, military drills, and craft and cooking demonstrations.

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Chalmette Battlefield is one of six sites of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, part of the National Park Service. The battlefield is located on the east bank of the Mississippi River about six miles downriver from Jackson Square, the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter. The physical (and mailing) address is 8606 West St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette LA 70043. Chalmette is an unincorporated community in St. Bernard (Civil) Parish. The battlefield is a quiet and peaceful place these days, but it’s only a 20-minute drive to the French Quarter, where you can find music, fabulous cuisine, Bourbon Street, and three centuries of history. St. Bernard Parish also offers fascinating history and good eating and is famous for its hospitality to Battle of New Orleans anniversary participants.

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On the battlefield itself, you’ll find a visitor center, the historic MalusBeauregard House (built in the 1830s as a country house), and Chalmette Monument, a 100-foot high obelisk honoring the troops of 1815. Though greatly reduced in size and depth, Rodriguez Canal is still on the battlefield, the only War of 1812 human artifact still readily visible. A
reconstructed rampart stands behind it: located in embrasures along the rampart are reproduction artillery pieces, including one 18-pounder and two 6-pounders that are part of the historic weapons demonstration program. The Mississippi River flows on the other side of the levee from the battlefield, and in the area where British artillery once pounded the American position stands Chalmette National Cemetery, a Civil War-era cemetery that contains the graves of four participants from the War of 1812.

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