Recognizing our Roots: Living History Youth Program at

Chalmette Battlefield, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve

On January 6-7, 2012, students from Chalmette High School and McDonogh High School joined over 100 living history volunteers at Chalmette Battlefield to commemorate the Battle of New Orleans, the last major battle of the War of 1812. Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Cadets from Chalmette High School portrayed Tennessess Militia and Camp Followers and Army Junior Reserve Office Training Cadets from McDonogh High School portrayed a Free Men of Color Battalion and Free Women of Color at the event. The students trained for an entire semester to learn how to become re-neactors at the commemoration. Their curriculum focused on the significance of the Battle of New Orleans to the United States, New Orleans, Free People of Color and Tennessee citizens. The students also learned how to shoot muskets, historic drills, how to cook over an open campfire, and how to interpret the battle to visitors of Chalmette Battlefield. This Wiki is a continuation of their learning experience.


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McDonogh High School and Chalmette High School students portray Free Men of Color Battalion, Free Women of Color, Tennessee Miltia and Camp Followers









Scenes from the Battle of New Orleans Anniversary 2012