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Today in Military History: Jan. 8, 1815, The Battle of New Orleans
198th Eucharistic Celebration of the Solemnity of Our Lady of Prompt Succor
General Andrew Jackson was leading an army of some 6,000 troops
comprised of a few trained soldiers, farmers, tavern owners,
shopkeepers, and pirates promised amnesty for past crimes if they
fought. The Battle of New Orleans was fought on the swampy plains of
nearby Chalmette on the cold, dreary night of January 7, 1815. Not only
was the city of New Orleans at stake, but the entire Mississippi River
Valley stood as the prize.
The enemy was a highly trained army of 15,000 well-armed British troops, considered the finest army in the world.
Throughout the night and into the morning of January 8, Ursuline nuns
were joined at their chapel in the French Quarter by another army: lay
people. They prayed to the Blessed Mother to save the city of New
Orleans. The prioress of the Ursuline Convent, Mother Ste. Marie Olivier
de Vezin, made a vow to have a Mass of Thanksgiving celebrated annually
should the American forces win the battle.
Against all odds and logic, General Jackson’s troops prevailed
against the British. The city of New Orleans was saved, and for the past
198 years, the Archbishop of New Orleans has celebrated a Mass of
Thanksgiving in the Shrine on January 8.
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