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Collection Reference Number GLC03529
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1816 
Title Battle of New Orleans and Death of Major General Packenham
Date ca. 1816
Author Yeager, Joseph (ca. 1792-1859)  
Document Type Artwork
Content Description Hand colored engraving shows the battle from the British lines. With black and white bust of Andrew Jackson surrounded by flags in the center of the title. This copy is the first state of this print, showing the officer standing to the right of the recumbent Sir Edward Packenham covering his face with handkerchief. Outgunned, he moved against the city of New Orleans. After being knocked from his horse by a cannonball, Packenham took his aide’s mount and was shortly thereafter shot in the chest and throat. He was transported to the rear of the British line, where this depiction finds him, and issued a final order for Major General John Lambert to bring his reserve forces into the fight. He died a few minutes later, before which he allegedly uttered: “Lost for the lack of courage.”
Subjects War of 1812  Military History  President  Global History and Civics  Death  Battle  Battle of New Orleans  Art, Music, Theater, and Film  
People Yeager, Joseph (ca. 1792-1859)  Jackson, Andrew (1767-1845)  Packenham, Edward (1778-1815)  
Place written Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Theme War of 1812; The Presidency
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859