SECOND ANNUAL BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS, JAN. 8-9, 2016

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ED.NOTE: The following article and pictures are from Tammy Markland who was good enough to write about her experiences in New Orleans. Thank you.

Many people believe that the last great battle of the War of 1812 between the United States and Britain was unnecessary, since the treaty ending the war was signed in late 1814, but the war was not over.  The treaty was headed to Parliament to be ratified at the same time the British army was attempting to make it way up the Mississippi River through New Orleans. The resounding American victory at the Battle of New Orleans soon became a symbol of a new idea: American democracy triumphing over the old European ideas of aristocracy and entitlement. General Andrew Jackson’s hastily assembled army of a few regulars, volunteer militia, freed men, and privateers had won the day against a battle-hardened and numerically superior British force. Americans took great pride in the victory and for decades celebrated January 8 as a national holiday, just like the Fourth of July.

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Bloodshed

On January 8th and 9th , I had the opportunity to travel with the 1st Regiment of the East Tennessee Militia to the Chalmette Battlefield in Louisiana for the 201st anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans.  In 2015, I decided to join my husband and participate in living history events.  This was my first trip outside the area and to a large event; needless to say, I was very excited.  

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Tammy Markland and John Cornett

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Attention; it’s the General!

 

I had never stayed in a historically accurate period camp.  I enjoyed putting up the tent even though it was VERY windy and raining.  It was amazing to me that a few little wooden poles could hold up such a heavy canvas tent.  We stayed warm and dry in our home away from home despite the cold (40s) and rainy night on Friday.  The grass was really interesting; it was like a sponge,  so on Saturday, after the rain on Friday night, the paths through camp became a mess.  Luckily, the park supplied us with straw to lay out.

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What’s for lunch, Pop?

Friday morning,  there was a parade and opening ceremony in the park.  I must say that when I heard the men yelling to get a weapon and get in parade formation at the edge of camp because the General was coming, I didn’t fully understand what all the ruckus was about.  They were scrambling around looking for their weapons and making sure they were in full dress.  Then, I saw Andrew Jackson coming down the street; Grant Hardin makes an impressive Andrew Jackson.  He was accompanied by his soldiers, the Regular U.S. Army.  As he passed, the other groups started to fall in line, the Louisiana, Tennessee, Kentucky and Mississippi militia, the Navy and Marine Corps, Baratarian privateers and Choctaw Indians. I was immediately taken back in time and felt a part of history!  

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Straight line, Boys!

The General's coming

 

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Matt Simmerly and display on School day

After the opening ceremony and flag raising, the park hosted 2,400 school age students from the New Orleans area.  We demonstrated weaving on the inkle loom, children’s toys of the period, and had a weapons display.  Ronnie Lail had a great time playing the Graces game with the children.  I think all 2,400 children had their picture made in Bobby Hamm’s coyote hat, including my own son, Zac, who accompanied us for his first ever living history event.  I don’t know who had more fun, the children or Ronnie and Bobby.  

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The Major making fire the hard way

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Daggone, if it didn’t work!!

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Jane Doan preparing a hoop for Graces

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Ken Markland and son, Zac, digging

 

For the most part, we ate our meals elsewhere, but on Friday, we cooked lunch.  Red beans and rice, roasted chicken, and bread.  The beans and rice were cooked on an open fire in the camp.  The men dug a fire pit.  I must say that I was very impressed that Chad Bogart and some of the other men were able to start a fire with a magnifying glass and the sun.  It was just like being on “Survivor”!

 

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Our Men on the gun

our cannon crew

“Powder first and then Ball….”

Throughout the two- day event, our men and even Jane Doan were part of the six- pounder cannon crew that was responsible for firing the canon every hour.  It was awesome to watch them fire one of the cannons that was part of history!  This cannon was one of the twelve artillery pieces actually used in the battle.  During the Battle of New Orleans 201 years ago, on the east bank, General Jackson and four thousand troops with twelve artillery pieces grouped into eight batteries stood behind the same earthen parapet. Called Line Jackson, the entrenchment faced the open fields of nearby plantations as it stretched one thousand yards from the river along the Rodriguez Canal and then five hundred more into the Cypress Swamp.  What an awesome experience this was for everyone involved including the spectators!!   

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Marching to the Monument

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Honoring the Sacrifice

 

There were also musket firing demonstrations in which our men participated in throughout the two- day event.  

Friday night, fifteen of us went to the French Quarter in New Orleans with the intention of being in the Battle of New Orleans parade, but unbeknownst to us, the parade time has been pushed back. Instead, we explored the sites, streets, and shops in the French Quarter.  Since we were anticipating being in the parade, we went to New Orleans in full period dress.  I must say that I did not feel out of place at all.  In fact, I felt like a celebrity because people were pointing and taking our picture.  We visited Jackson Square, the Joan of Arc statue, Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar.  At one time the blacksmith shop was the smuggling base for the Pirate Jean Lafitte.  Now, it is the oldest bar in the USA.  It has been in existence since 1772.  

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Nightlife on Bourbon Street

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Before or after the “jollification”?

 

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Monster flag!

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“Catch!”

On Saturday, our regiment was responsible for raising and lowering the flag.  This was an honor and major undertaking that required the active participation of all our men.  As the flag was raised, my thoughts were on how proud I was to be reliving history and the remembering the sacrifices made on those grounds 201 years ago: 13 Americans dies, 30 were wounded, and 19 were captured or missing.  That evening when our men took down the flag, all I could think of was “catch”!  The wind was blowing, the flag was huge and as it was lowed, our men had to be sure they caught the flag so it never touched the ground.  I was amazed that they could hold onto that flag and manage to fold it in the wind.  Great job, guys!  

 

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Malus- Beauregard House

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Room with a view!

Since there were not as many visitors to the park on Saturday, I got to explore the grounds.  I went to the Visitor’s Center at Chalmette and watched a film and examined the exhibits. There was a map of the site that included troop movements from the Battle of New Orleans as well as outdoor exhibits.  The Chalmette Monument, the battlefield’s 100-foot-high obelisk was open for us.  It honors the troops of the Battle of New Orleans.  We got to climb the 122 interior steps to the top where there is a viewing platform. The stairs are narrow and there is little room to pass other climbers or to turn around, but the view from the top is amazing!  I also got to tour the Malus-Beauregard House located on the Chalmette Battlefield grounds on the Mississippi River. This plantation looking house was never used as a plantation. The house, built in 1830 is named for René Beauregard, its last owner, the son of the Civil War Confederate General, P. G. T. Beauregard.

 

On Saturday night, several members of our group went to a screening of the film, Battle of New Orleans:  2015 Bicentennial Anniversary documentary.

 

This trip was an experience I will never forget.  I got to relive an important part of our history and spend some time with some amazing people.

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First Regiment East Tennessee Militia

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COL BOGART SPEAKS: 1812 for timeline on the Weekend of Nov. 7, 2015

I need to know who is planning to set up as War of 1812 for the Timeline Event this weekend.

Thanks,

Chad

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On this Day….

On this day, February 2, 1815, the Louisiana legislature drafts a resolution to thank the men who had defended the city during the New Orleans campaign. They mention the commanding officers by name—except for Maj. Gen. Andrew Jackson. The exception wasn’t an oversight; the legislators were still annoyed by Jackson’s attempt to shut down the legislature in December 1814.

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Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

Regiment on the alert.

Regiment on the alert.

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The Regiment made it to C-Span

....Old Hickory said we could take 'em by surprise If we didn't fire our muskets 'til we looked 'em in the eye We held our fire 'til we see'd their faces well. Then we opened up with squirrel guns and really gave 'em ... well    Yeah, they ran through the briars and they ran through the brambles And they ran through the bushes where a rabbit couldn't go. They ran so fast that the hounds couldn't catch 'em Down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico.**

….Old Hickory said we could take ’em by surprise
If we didn’t fire our muskets ’til we looked ’em in the eye
We held our fire ’til we see’d their faces well.
Then we opened up with squirrel guns and really gave ’em … well
Yeah, they ran through the briars and they ran through the brambles
And they ran through the bushes where a rabbit couldn’t go.
They ran so fast that the hounds couldn’t catch ’em
Down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico.**

This is the whole ceremony from the 8th of Jan this year. Several shots of our group in this. About 1.5 hours long, it was very cold and windy that day. (Ed. Note: it must have been bone cold as you  can hear Gwen Thompkson of WWNO . NPR Radio muttering about the cold under her breath.) 

 

http://www.c-span.org/video/?323616-1/ceremony-marking-bicentennial-battle-new-orleans

Jean Lafitte National Historic Park and Preserve also posted a short video of our men hoisting up the flag. That was some undertaking!

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ON 2015, WE TOOK A LITTLE TRIP…….. WRITTEN BY BUCKY SIMERLY

Bloodshed

Bloodshed

On Monday, January 5, 2015,   at approximately 8:30 the First Regiment of East Tennessee Militia left Elizabethton, Tennessee, headed for New Orleans. We stopped by Horseshoe Bend National Military Park and Fort Mims; both are in Alabama. We arrived in New Orleans Tuesday    around 1 pm, where we promptly began sitting up camp after our site was shown to us. Our home for the next five days was where the American troops had camped 200 years before, just behind Line Jackson. On Wednesday morning , everyone headed toward the downtown area where  some headed to the National WWII Museum while others headed to the French Quarter.

Thursday   was a big day at the park with it being the actual anniversary of the battle. The National Park Service had ceremonies, dignitaries, and speakers on site. With many people present and park service activities done for the day, we went into action, talking and telling people about the role of the East Tennessee Militia during the War of 1812 and life in the backwoods.

Friday, January 9th,   was a school day with over two-thousand school kids at the park watching demonstrations and asking questions. Some of us had the opportunity to go the grand opening of the exhibit “From Dirty Shirts to Buccaneers” at the Cabildo Museum. What a day!

On Saturday, we continued to demonstrate more 18th – early 19th century  living skills and talked to the public. We were well received by the people of New Orleans, and they seemed interested in what we had to say. Many found it hard to believe that we had come all the way from East Tennessee.

We had the honor of participating in the flag ceremonies each day. Once again. we were the largest group camped at the event. I believe everyone had a good time and enjoyed the trip in spite of  the cold weather and wind.

Sunday, January 11,   was the day to pack and leave for home. As fast as we set up, we tore down and readied to leave the park by 9:30. Home and showers were 720 miles away.

It was not all peaches and ice cream; we had our share of problems and upsets, but we overcame them all with a smile on our faces and songs in our hearts and arrived safely back home. (ed. Note.: I bet they were singing “In 1815,   we took a little trip

Along with Colonel Jackson down the mighty Mississip

We took a little bacon and we took a little beans

And we caught the bloody British in a town in New Orleans…..”.

 

PICTURES SAY A THOUSAND WORDS /COURTESY OF DOUG WALSH

HORSE SHOE BEND MONUMENT

RIVER VIEW HORSE SHOE BEND

HORSE SHOE BEND

HORSE SHOE BEND

FORT MIMS

FORT MIMS

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ICE COLD MILITIA

ICE COLD MILITIA

REGIMENT LOOKING GOOD

REGIMENT LOOKING GOOD

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READY TO POWDER THE ALLIGATOR'S BEHIND

READY TO POWDER THE ALLIGATOR’S BEHIND

....Old Hickory said we could take 'em by surprise If we didn't fire our muskets 'til we looked 'em in the eye We held our fire 'til we see'd their faces well. Then we opened up with squirrel guns and really gave 'em ... well    Yeah, they ran through the briars and they ran through the brambles And they ran through the bushes where a rabbit couldn't go. They ran so fast that the hounds couldn't catch 'em Down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico.**

….Old Hickory said we could take ’em by surprise
If we didn’t fire our muskets ’til we looked ’em in the eye
We held our fire ’til we see’d their faces well.
Then we opened up with squirrel guns and really gave ’em … well
Yeah, they ran through the briars and they ran through the brambles
And they ran through the bushes where a rabbit couldn’t go.
They ran so fast that the hounds couldn’t catch ’em
Down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico.**

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OFF TIME FUN IN THE FRENCH QUARTER

OFF TIME FUN IN THE FRENCH QUARTER

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"FROM 16 TO 75, THOSE TENNESSEE BOYS LIKE THE GIRLS",  BUCKY SAID

“FROM 16 TO 75, THOSE TENNESSEE BOYS LIKE THE GIRLS”, BUCKY SAID

THE AUTHOR IN THE FOREGROUND LOOKING FIERCE.

THE AUTHOR IN THE FOREGROUND LOOKING FIERCE.

Yeah, they ran through the briars and they ran through the brambles
And they ran through the bushes where a rabbit couldn’t go.
They ran so fast that the hounds couldn’t catch ’em
Down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico.**

We fired our cannon ’til the barrel melted down.
So we grabbed an alligator and we fought another round.
We filled his head with cannon balls, and powdered his behind
And when we touched the powder off, the gator lost his mind.

We fired our guns and the British kept a’comin.
There wasn’t nigh as many as there was a while ago.
We fired once more and they began to runnin’ on
Down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico.

 

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Why this Blog?

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Men of the First Regiment where honored by putting up and taking down the flag at the 200th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans . They made a mighty good show.

The First Regiment East Tennessee Militia was created by the living history arm of the Sycamore Shoals State Historical Area in Elizabethton, TN about three years ago. It recreates the actual regiment that fought ultimately under Andrew Jackson during the War of 1812 .

According to the Tennessee State Library and Archives, the regiment was a seasoned group and this is the actual information.

” COLONEL EWEN ALLISON
  • DESIGNATION: 1st Regiment of East Tennessee Militia
  • DATES: January 1814 – May 1814
  • MEN MOSTLY FROM: Greene, Sullivan, Washington, Carter, and Hawkins Counties
  • CAPTAINS: Joseph Everett, John Hampton, Jacob Hoyal, William King, Jonas Loughmiller, Henry McCray, Thomas Wilson, Adam Winsell

BRIEF HISTORY:
This regiment was also designated as the First Regiment of East Tennessee Drafted Militia. The unit was part of General George Doherty’s brigade, along with Colonel Samuel Bunch’s Second Regiment. Doherty’s brigade participated in the Battle of Horseshoe Bend (27 March 1814) where they were part of the right line of attack on the Creek fortifications. There were casualties in many of the companies, especially in those of Captains Everett, King, Loughmiller, and Winsell. The Nashville Clarion of 10 May 1814 has a complete listing of the dead and wounded from this climactic battle of the Creek War.

The principal rendezvous point for this regiment was Knoxville. From there they traveled to Ross’ Landing (present-day Chattanooga), to Fort Armstrong, Fort Deposit, Fort Strother, Fort Williams, to Horseshoe Bend, and back by the reverse route. Captain Hampton’s company was ordered to man Fort Armstrong in mid-March 1814. Arms were scarce in this unit and rifles often had to be impressed from the civilian population along the line of march.”

There are two primary reasons why the living historians expanded their repetoire to include this area: 1. Many of the  members felt that actual East Tennesseans should be represented in a regiment named for the area and many of the members actually had planned for over two years to participate in the 200th Anniversary in New Orleans the week of the event. 2. The historical area has expanded to include Sabine Hill, the Two story house that Brigadier General Nathaniel Taylor built somewhere between 1814 and finished around 1816 when he returned from the War . It’s considered to be the finest extant example of federal architecture in the nation and full restoration will be completed towards the end of 2015 . Because of this, the living historians felt that their kits should expand to include the Federal Era so that the Tennessee history can be accurately interpreted after the site is opened.

Doug Walsh and Bucky Simerly took some rather good pictures of the Bicentennial event so enjoy.

The First Regiment, cold but intrepid.

The First Regiment, cold but intrepid.

Looking good!

Looking good!

Line Jackson where men fought and died.

Line Jackson where men fought and died.

Jason, Matt and John.

Jason, Matt and John.

Mel the formidable

Mel the formidable

Would you buy a used horse from this man?

Would you buy a used horse from this man?

Real food!

Real food!

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