‘They ran through the briars and the ran through the brambles’
203 years ago today: A small force of U.S. Marines participate in the Battle of New Orleans, repulsing the British assault on General Andrew Jackson’s lines. The enemy loses more than 2,000 soldiers, while the American forces suffer only 13 casualties.
As the battle lines formed for the city, 58 Marines from the New Orleans Navy Yard took position in the redoubt next to the Mississippi River, where they were commanded by Maj. Daniel Carmick, a veteran of the Quasi War with France. As commander of the Marine detachment assigned to the frigate Constitution, Carmick had led an attack to spike the cannon in the fort at Puerto Plata, Santo Domingo, according to the Navy’s history Web site.