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From the lower decks of the Pirate Pearl
loud clanging & chains rattling are heard on topside. Then the heavy sound of boots stomping up the stairway. Sam comes into the daylight to find YOU waiting for him on the extra perch! Aye! Here are some blueberry muffins I just took from the oven. Have one while I tells ye the tale!

Celebration rose from the city of New Orleans as riders went up & down every street crying "Victory is ours! The city has been saved!" The bells of St. Louis Cathedral rang out a victorious song, siege guns around the town roared out a thunderous amen. The women & children who huddled together through the night, listening to the distant sounds of cannon fire trembling at the thoughts of invasion & the loss of their fathers & husbands with each crackle of gunfire now came out into the dawn shouting, cheering & crying! From the ironed balconies they waved their American flags over their streets. Wives of the soldiers were given transport to the battlefield to see if their husbands still breathed. The nuns in the Ursuline Convent, who had prayed all night before Our Lady of Prompt Succor, lifted their voices in the "Te Deum," the hymn of jubilation. Mrs. Claiborne & Mrs. Grymes headed a committee of women who brought medicines, gauze, blankets & food.

British casualties were enormous 2,600 corpses lay on the narrow field. Jackson, who had lost only thirteen men, begged the British to allow his troops to assist in the removal of the bodies, a favor that was gratefully accepted. Jean Lafitte, who had returned from the battlefield across the river by early evening, helped tend to two of his own privateers who had caught English shrapnel.

The next several days saw sporadic gunfire, but the British Army had its heart cut out of it. "The English soldiers had met a type of fighting that was different from anything they had ever seen before," writes Robert Tallant, "and they had no defenses against it." (guerilla warfare) By the morning of the 19th, scouts reported that the Redcoats had completely disappeared from the area & were heading back to the bay. Jackson pursued, but after capturing only eight straggling soldiers, decided to call it quits. The British sailed away never to bother American shores again.

A curious footnote to this episode in history: The Battle of New Orleans was actually fought after an armistice had been signed overseas; virtually, the War of 1812 had been over nearly a month, but means of communication lacking in those days, the players in Louisiana's southern bayous had not yet been informed. Still, this fact doesn't diminish the bravery of the Americans who saved New Orleans. Had the British broken through that day, they would have burned the city to the ground. Nor does it take away from the fact that many Englishmen died in vain.

A Grand Celebration & Ball was held on January 23 to honor the victors. A mammoth flag hung over the ballroom read JACKSON AND VICTORY! THEY ARE BUT ONE!
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