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Though the War of 1812 had ended two weeks earlier, news had not yet reached New Orleans, and on this day, Jan. 8, 1815, five-thousand British soldiers charged in a frontal assault against Gen. Andrew Jackson’s Tennessee and Kentucky sharpshooters. French pirate Jean Lafitte and his men aided the Americans. In just a half-hour, over 2,000 British were killed and only eight Americans. Gen. Jackson wrote: “It appears that the unerring hand of Providence shielded my men from the shower of balls, bombs and rockets, when every ball and bomb from our guns carried with them a mission of death.”

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