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Discover The Chalmette Battlefield
May 25, 2017 | Kim Higgins
Don’t miss visiting the Chalmette Battlefield, the site of the famous Battle of New Orleans from the War of 1812. There has always been speculation about whether or not the battle actually occurred after the war was over because the Treaty of Ghent, which ended the war, was signed on December 24, 1814 and the Battle of New Orleans occurred on January 8, 2015. The treaty, however, stated that the fighting would not officially end until both Great Britain and the United States ratified the treaty. Congress ratified the treaty on February 15, 1815, but Great Britain did not ratify it until they were sure that the U.S. had not added revisions to the original treaty, and, as it turned out, the British did continue attacks on American land exceeding the date on the treaty. Visit: https://www.nps.gov/jela/chalmette-battlefield.htm for information on the Chalmette Battlefield and https://www.nps.gov/jela/the-treaty-of-ghent.htm to learn more about the Treaty of Ghent. There is a visitor center at the Chalmette Battlefield, where people can learn about the War of 1812 through exhibits, films and a map detailing the exact movement of the troops during the battle. The Chalmette Battlefield visitor center is open from 9:00AM through 4:00Pm Monday-Sunday, except federal holidays and Mardi Gras. There is no admission fee. The Chalmette National Cemetery is located next to the Chalmette Battlefield and contains headstones for Union soldiers who died in Louisiana during the Civil War, soldiers from the Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War. The Cemetery is open every day from 9AM till 4PM including federal holidays but is closed on Mardi Gras. For additional information, visit the following link: https://www.nps.gov/jela/chalmette-national-cemetery.htm.