The Battle of New Orleans (8 January 1815) has the unique distinction of being the last major battle of the War of 1812; it took place after the war was officially over. With the defeat of Napoleon in Europe, Britain could stop fighting a two-front war against both revolutionary France and the United States, and began to consolidate its forces in North America to deliver critical blows from both land and sea to the American forces in late 1814. Sadly for the British, their ambition was forestalled by American gumption and a series of critical failures that prevented their amassed numbers from securing victory.
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[Photo credit: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA. LC-USZC4-992.]