War of 1812

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War of 1812
Tatiana Byrd
May 23, 2016
Richard Burnett

War of 1812
Dear Sister, How is everything at home? I shall be returning soon, since the war has finally ended, though we had not realized it soon enough. Before we had the knowledge that the Treaty of Ghent had been signed, and war was officially over on the 24th of December, we fought one last short, but brutal battle, in that following January. An army of British veterans, from the Napoleonic Wars, had attacked the port of New Orleans, to try to gain control of it. We fought, being led by Andrew Jackson, and were victorious. General Jackson held a vendetta against the British already, ever since they had held him prisoner during the Revolutionary War. Upon hearing of the British forces approach, Jackson declared martial law in New Orleans, which meant that every able-bodied man, and weapon, was brought to the defense of the city. Soon, we had over 4,000 men at our defense, but that was still far less than the British forces, which contained somewhere, near 8,000 men. After killing the commander of the first advance brought on by the British, many of their men became frantic and tried to retreat, yet many were still gunned down. We had clear sightlines, that morning, and easily fired upon the British troops. Soon after we killed the British leader, Lieutenant General Pekenham. The battle lasted only thirty minutes, but 2,000 British soldiers were killed, while we only lost less than 100 of our men. Even though the war had (unknowingly) been officially over, we saved New Orleans; and our militia had successfully defended the Mississippi River Valley. This will ensure American commerce, as the Mississippi River Valley is vast. Andrew Jackson was nearly immediately considered a war hero. I think he soon plans on running for the presidency, as a member of the Democratic Party. I am glad that this war…...

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