WYES-TV’s Latest Documentary Commemorates The 200-Year Anniversary Of The Battle Of New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS – On Jan. 8, 1815, General Andrew Jackson and his U.S. soldiers, joined by the so-called ‘rag-tag’ force of Louisiana including a white Creole and free men of color militia, Barataria pirates, Choctaw Indians, and Tennessee and Kentucky riflemen, prevailed in the Battle of New Orleans. It was a meaningful victory that drew the War of 1812 between the Americans and the British to a close.

         “The Battle Of New Orleans: A Meaningful Victory” explores how the British misjudged their American opponent and miscalculated the complexities of the battleground. It also describes why the multi-cultural population of New Orleans and Louisiana proved the naysayers wrong about their loyalties to their young nation. WYES-TV/Channel 12 will air the hour-long documentary commemorating the 200-year-old battle on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, at 8:00 p.m.

         The American triumph over the British built a sense of national pride and confidence, and it propelled America to its 19th century destiny as a burgeoning global presence.

         Life in New Orleans and areas south along the Mississippi River and Lake Borgne is also described in the documentary. Historians interviewed include: Jason Weise, Associate Director, Williams Research Center and John Magill, Curator/Historian, both with the Historic New Orleans Collection;  Ron Chapman, Nunez Community College professor of history and author, “Battle of New Orleans: But For a Piece of Wood”; Ron Drez, historian, lecturer and author, “The War of 1812, Conflict and Deception”; William de Marigny Hyland, St. Bernard Parish historian; Joyce Miller, Museum Historian and Polly Rolman-Smith, Curator, Science and Technology, The Louisiana State Museum; Alvin Jackson, The Historic Treme Collection; Shelene Romillat, PhD, Battle of New Orleans researcher; G. Howard Hunter, President, The Louisiana Historical Society; Eberhard ‘Lo’ Faber, PhD, Visiting Professor, Loyola University New Orleans;  Emelie Leumas, PhD, Archivist, Archdiocese of New Orleans and Tim Pickles, owner, Historical Military Productions/Historical Consultant.

         Interviews were conducted on-site at locations in existence during the time of the Battle of New Orleans including The Pitot House on Bayou St. John, The Meraux Foundation’s “Docville” in St. Bernard Parish, Mary Plantation in Plaquemines Parish, the Sun Oak Museum and Guest House in the Faubourg Marigny and Madame John’s Legacy, the Old Ursulines Convent and The Historic New Orleans Collection Williams Research Center in the French Quarter.

         Another featured location in the documentary is the Chalmette Battlefield in St. Bernard Parish, the actual site of the Battle of New Orleans, which is now part of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve with the National Park Service.

         “The Battle Of New Orleans: A Meaningful Victory” was produced and hosted by Tom Gregory and Marcia Kavanaugh. Editors were Tom Gregory and Lenny Delbert, and Paul Combel was the supervising videographer.

         The program was made possible by The Meraux Foundation and The Historic New Orleans Collections.

         “The Battle Of New Orleans: A Meaningful Victory” repeats Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, at 7:00 p.m.; Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, at 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, at 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, at 9:00 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, at 12:00 p.m.; and Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, at 9:00 p.m.

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