December 24, This day during the War of 1812

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December 24, 1814 – Battle of Villiere Canal It was broad daylight when the British point reached the head of Bayou Mazant. Maj. Gen. John Keane had accompanied the advance, and now he decided to get to the river road by way of the Villere Canal. The canal’s length was 8 miles, the first quarter of which rerquired a bridge of boats in some places. by 10:00 A.M., the entire advanced party had landed and was toiling toward the river road through the heavy swampy terrain. Loitering around the Villere Canal was 30 American militiamen when a detachment of British soldiers surprised and captured them. Maj. Gabriel Villere, their commander, jumped out of a window, and made his way through the swamp to carry the alarm to Gen. Andrew Jackson. After leaving the canal, ?? Thorton advanced for about 1/2 mile toward New Orleans and stopped. He had only 1,600…

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