The Battle of New Orleans was the final major battle of the War of 1812, fought between the British Empire and the newly formed United States. The battle, which took place on January 8, 1815, featured the British aggressors intent on capturing New Orleans, which they thought would give them control of the vast majority of the newly acquired Louisiana Purchase. The battle itself was fought on the grounds of the Chalmette Plantation, roughly 8 kilometers (5 miles) south of New Orleans, Louisiana.
The Battle of New Orleans is referred to by many historians as the greatest American land victory of the war. American troops, led by future President Andrew Jackson, defeated the much larger British force, which bolstered U.S. hopes for a speedy end to the war.
The battle is also famous for some of the characters involved, including noted French pirate Jean Lafitte who, with his fellow pirates, fought for the U.S. military and even claimed special accolades in the field of artillery.
The importance of Louisiana (especially New Orleans) to the fledgling United States was tantamount to success in the war at large, and the continued growth of the nation. In 1907, the battleground was established as a federal park, which currently resides in Jean Lafitte National Park and Preserve, and acts as a reminder of the importance of the battle that took place there.