Today in Military History: Jan. 8, 1815, The Battle of New Orleans

1910 painting by Edward Percy Moran. Library of Congress.

On January 8, 1815, United States Gen. Andrew Jackson’s troops defeat British forces at the Battle of New Orleans.  The battle was a major win for American troops, it denied the British access to the vital port city and the land the U.S. had acquired through the Louisiana Purchase. However, The fighting took place two weeks after the War of 1812 ended by the Treaty of Ghent.