This piece was originally published as part of the U.S. Army Center for Military History’s U.S. Army Campaigns of the War of 1812 series in 2014. It has since been revised and expanded. For the original copy see here.


Strategic Setting

Securing the Gulf Coast

A New Threat

First Battle of Fort Bowyer

The Capture of Pensacola

The Battle of Lake Borgne

The Villeré Plantation Night Battle

The Grand Reconnaissance

The Artillery Duel

The Battle of New Orleans

The Battle of Fort St. Philip

The Capture of Fort Bowyer


Further Reading:

Brooks, Charles B. The Siege of New Orleans. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1961.

Brown, Wilburt S. The Amphibious Campaign for West Florida and Louisiana, 1814–1815: A Critical Review of Strategy and Tactics at New Orleans. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1969.

Carter, Samuel, III. Blaze of Glory: The Fight for New Orleans, 1814–1815. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1971.

Latour, Arsène Lacarrière, and Gene A. Smith, ed. Historical Memoir of the War in West Florida and Louisiana, 1814–15. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1999.

Owsley, Frank, Jr. Struggle for the Gulf Borderlands: The Creek War and the Battle of New Orleans, 1812–1815. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2000.

Pickles,Tim. New Orleans 1815: Andrew Jackson Crushes the British. Oxford, UK: Osprey Publishing, Ltd., 1993.

Reilly, Robin. The British at the Gates: The New Orleans Campaign in the War of 1812. Toronto: Robin Brass Studio, 2002.

Remini, Robert V. The Battle of New Orleans: Andrew Jackson and America’s First Military Victory. New York: Penguin Books, 2001.