Archive for December, 2008

Chalmette Battlefield at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

Located about 5 miles southeast of the French Quarter along the north (east) bank of the Mississippi River is the site of the Battle of New Orleans.  This is another of the 6 units of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve.  Although the battle took place in 1815 it was a part of the War of 1812.  The battle against the British was led was led by Major General Andrew Jackson.  The U.S. won this battle with over 2000 British soldiers perishing while only 13 U.S. soldiers met the same fate.

The most impressive structure on the site is the Malus-Beuregard House, however it was not built until 18 years after the battle.

Adjacent to the battlefield is the Chalmette National Cemetery.  Ironically only 4 of those buried here participated in this battle.  I found it interesting that Union soldiers from the Civil War are buried here, despite Louisiana being a Confederate State.  The cemetery is also a bit of an oddity in that it has underground burials.  Most of the cemeteries in the area are above ground due to the sea level.

The flags at the battlefield and cemetery caught my attention.  At the battlefield a British Union Jack flies overhead.  At the cemetery the flagpole is bare but there is a U.S. flag being used as a grave blanket.

Is this proper flag etiquette?

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Barataria Preserve at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

I spent the afternoon hiking the trails at the Barataria Preserve, which is one of 6 units of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park scattered over southern Louisiana.

There were several deer sightings along the hike, but these deer were camera shy and I never got a shot of any of them.

If you look really close you can see a raccoon in this picture and…………………….

an owl in this picture.

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