Today in History–January 8–the Library of Congress features the Battle of New Orleans. On this day in 1815 a small, rag-tag U.S. force claimed victory against 8,000 British troops. Although the battle had little significance—it occurred after the War of 1812 had ended—it made Major General Andrew Jackson a national hero. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access related primary sources.
War of 1812 and the Battle of New Orleans from America’s Library
The Bicentennial of a Big Battle in New Orleans and the End of a War Inside Adams blog post January 8, 2015
Huzza! for Gen. Jackson!! (broadside)
“Huzza! Old Iron Sides” (song sheet)
The Battle of New Orleans (sheet music)
“Eighth of January” (song recording)
State Spotlight: Louisiana primary source collections