The best books on the Battle of New Orleans

Donald R. Hickey Author Of Glorious Victory: Andrew Jackson and the Battle of New Orleans
By Donald R. Hickey

The Books I Picked & Why

The Life of Andrew Jackson

By Robert V. Remini

The Life of Andrew Jackson

Why this book?

A good place to start for understanding the Battle of New Orleans is a biography of the central character. A life-long student of Jackson, Robert Remini in this work provides a distillation of his 3-volume study on Old Hickory. Readers will learn about Jackson’s contentious early life and rise on the Tennessee frontier, his remarkable success as a general in both the Creek War and the War of 1812, and his postwar career, culminating in his presidency.


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Struggle for the Gulf Borderlands: The Creek War and the Battle of New Orleans, 1812-1815

By Frank Lawrence Owsley Jr.

Struggle for the Gulf Borderlands: The Creek War and the Battle of New Orleans, 1812-1815

Why this book?

This traditional account of Jackson’s war against the Creeks and the British does a good job of tying together these two wars and showing how Jackson’s success in the first led seamlessly to his role in the second. A little dated but still rewarding.


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The British at the Gates: The New Orleans Campaign in the War of 1812

By Robin Reilly

The British at the Gates: The New Orleans Campaign in the War of 1812

Why this book?

This account by a British scholar draw upon British sources to present their side of the story. Reilly shows how the Gulf Coast campaign originated and evolved and does a fine job of delineating the British characters who played a central role in the battle.


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The Pirates Laffite: The Treacherous World of the Corsairs of the Gulf

By William C. Davis

The Pirates Laffite: The Treacherous World of the Corsairs of the Gulf

Why this book?

The Laffite brothers, Pierre and especially Jean, loom large in the mythology of the Battle of New Orleans, although in truth the contribution of the Baratarian pirates to Jackson’s great victory was rather modest. In this work, Davis fleshes out the life and character of the two brothers, showing how the accepted view of their contribution to Jackson’s success in the campaign has been overstated.


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Historical Memoir of the War: In West Florida and Louisiana in 1814-15

By Arsène Lacarrière Latour

Historical Memoir of the War: In West Florida and Louisiana in 1814-15

Why this book?

Originally published in 1816, this contemporary account of the battle by Jackson’s chief engineer is rich in detail and includes a valuable appendix of original documents. Although perhaps too favorable to Jackson, an account like this by someone who was there and in the know cannot be ignored.  In the new edition, Gene Smith has made some minor changes in Latour’s text and, more importantly, added some new documents. He also includes in a separate envelop the maps that accompanied the original edition


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