Black history spotlight for Sept. 21: Black troops in Battle of New Orleans honored by General Andrew Jackson

The Battle of New Orleans was a series of battles in Louisiana, lasting from Dec. 1814 through Jan. 1815. On the Chalmette battleground , just below the city, a diverse force of soldiers, sailors, and militia, including Indians and African Americans, defeated Britain’s finest white and black troops drawn from Europe and the West Indies.

The American victory in the Gulf region forced the British to recognize United States’ claims to Louisiana and West Florida and to ratify the Treaty of Ghent, which ended the war. The Battle of New Orleans also marked the state’s political incorporation into the Union.

On Sept. 21, 1815, General Andrew Jackson honored the courage of Black troops who fought in Battle of New Orleans.

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