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Snuffbox Of Defense Of New Orleans – Andrew Jackson Related For Sale
Vintage historical snuff box with a scene from the War of 1812 – The image illustrates the death of commanding General Edward Pakenham, killed on the last day of the Battle of New Orleans. The snuff box measures about 3.375” in diameter, is a little dark, and has edge and surface wear as shown in the pictures. There are two chips in the image surface, one small one in the union field of the American flag to the left, and a larger one above Pakenham’s image. Two batteries of American artillery are shown to the left and right. At the bottom is “New Orléans Défence,” and at the top rim is “Général Paskenham’s (sic) Death.” European made for the American market, likely in connection with Andrew Jackson’s political campaigns or career.
The Battle of New Orleans was fought December 23, 1814-January 8, 1815 According to information on about.com:
December 23, 1814-January 8, 1815 - American forces under Maj. Gen. Andrew Jackson win the Battle of New Orleans. In December 1814, VAdm. Sir Alexander Cochrane and Maj. Gen. Edward Pakenham arrived off Louisiana with the goal of capturing New Orleans. Though winning a minor naval victory at Lake Borgne, British forces encountered difficulties once ashore. Tasked with defending the city, Maj. Gen. Andrew Jackson conducted an attack on the British in late December, before retiring behind the Rodriguez Canal. Fortifying this line, Jackson repulsed Pakenham's men on January 8, inflicting over 2,000 casualties while sustaining around 100. In the fighting, Pakenham and several of his senior commanders were killed. The greatest American land victory of the war, it was actually fought after the Treaty of Ghent had ended hostilities (December 24, 1814).
And according to information on Wikipedia about Edward Pakenham:
In 1814, Pakenham, having been promoted to the rank of major-general, accepted an offer to replace General Robert Ross as commander of the British North American army, after Ross was killed during the skirmishing prior to the Battle of North Point near Baltimore.
The next year during the Battle of New Orleans while rallying his troops near the enemy line, grapeshot from US artillery shattered his left knee and killed his horse. As he was helped to his feet by his senior ADC (aide-de-camp), Major Duncan MacDougall, Pakenham was wounded a second time in his right arm. After he mounted MacDougall's horse, more grapeshot ripped through his spine, fatally wounding him, and he died as he was carried off the battlefield at the age of 36. His last words were reputed to be telling MacDougall to find General Lambert to tell him to assume command and send forward the reserves. The battle ended in defeat for the British. The American commander was Major General Andrew Jackson, who would go onto become the President of the United States. A general ceasefire had already been declared by the Treaty of Ghent, signed on 24 December 1814, but as peace was not yet ratified in Washington as required by the treaty, the nations were still formally at war. The news of the treaty did not reach the combatants until February, several weeks after the battle.
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