Battle of New Orleans remembered 200 years later

NEW ORLEANS (WAFB) - People gathered this weekend in New Orleans to remember the key battle from the War of 1812 that happened about 200 years ago.

The Battle of New Orleans was the final battle of the War of 1812 in which a small group of Americans fought off British forces on January 8, 1815. Today, many came together to remember the historic battle through a re-enactment and other events on the exact site where the fighting occurred.

Historians say there is an idea that the Battle of New Orleans wasn't crucial in the outcome of the War of 1812, but it is simply not true.

"A lot of people think the Battle of New Orleans wasn't important because the peace treaty had already been signed before the battle was fought," said spokesperson Kristy Wallisch of the New Orleans National Park Service. "But the peace treaty hadn't been ratified, so it didn't count yet. And so, there's always a lot of' what if' - if the British had taken New Orleans; if they had beaten the Americans. We really don't know what would have happened."

The event wrapped up this evening with a lantern tour of the battlefield.

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