Memoir of the War in West Florida and Louisiana in
an Atlas Revised Edition
by Arsene LaCarriere
Widely regarded as
the best eyewitness account of the Battle of
New Orleans, Arsène LaCarrière Latours Historical Memoir
records first-hand the dramatic events of the climactic military campaign
of the War of 1812. This revised and expanded edition includes a substantial
new biographical introduction based on a group of manuscripts relating
to the battle recently acquired from Latours descendants in France.
Only months after the battle ended, Latour, who was General Andrew Jacksons
principal army engineer, began interviewing witnesses and key participants
in order to create a comprehensive record based on first-hand accounts.
The works most significant value derives from these accounts--of
numerous individuals who participated in a crucial moment in the history
of the United States-- reproduced in the books appendix.
As the first full-length treatment of the New Orleans campaign, the book
also offers perceptive analysis of battle preparations, terrain, and strategy
by the man who designed many of the American defenses. This new edition
also includes nine three-color foldout maps illustrating the course of
the battle. Latour characterized it as a conflict "which preserved
our country from conquest and desolation." As a key figure in the
conflict who knew many of the other main actors and personally collected
their reports and observations, Latour provides a record which will never
Gene A. Smith, associate professor of history at Texas Christian University
in Fort Worth, wrote Iron and Heavy Guns: Duel
Between the Monitor and Merrimac and "For the Purposes of Defense":
The Politics of the Jeffersonian Gunboat Program, and is the coauthor
of Filibusters and Expansionists: Jeffersonian Manifest Destiny, 1800-1821.
400pp. 6 X 9. Appendixes (letters), notes, index, 9 foldout maps.
ISBN 0-8130-1675-4 Cloth, $49.95