Today I took a little walk around the Chalmatte Battlefield in the Jean Lafitte National Park in New Orleans, and took a few photos to share with you guys.
The Chalmette Battlefield or the Battle of New Orleans Battlefield is the historic site where the last battle between the newly founded United States and Britain took place in January 8, 1815.
It is also home to the Chalmette National Cemetery, a final resting place for Union soldiers who died in Louisiana during the Civil War, only four Americans who actually fought in the War of 1812 are buried here, there are also veterans of the Spanish-American War, World Wars I and II, and the Vietnam War. They are 15,000 headstones in the cemetery, this is not the number of people buried here since there are many mass burials of unknown numbers. They are a great number of headstones that display the letters USCT which stands for United States Colored Troops or the men of color that fought during the war. From all this the one that caught my attention was the one of Lyons Wakeman, whom was in fact Rosetta Wakeman, yes a woman, who disguised herself as a man and joined the New York Volunteer Infantry to defend her country.
This place is full of history, you feel it in the air as you walk around it. I hope you enjoyed this little bit of history and like the photos I chose to share. If you want more information about the site you can go to http://www.nps.gov/jela/chalmette-battlefield.htm , and if you are ever in New Orleans I really hope you get the chance to visit it.