Battle of New Orleans Commemoration

Jason Wiese

It’s a special day at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage.

The Hermitage set aside admission pricing Jan. 8, and it’s free to the public to come and enjoy a day dedicated to commemorate the Battle of New Orleans in 1815.

This day is chock full of events that revolve on remembering the event became a crucial American victory.

According to Hermitage officials, the guest speaker will be Jason Wiese, chief curator at the Historic New Orleans Collection. Wiese is renowned for his love of military history with an emphasis on the Battle of New Orleans. 

At 10:30 a.m., music will play to introduce the annual wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of General Andrew Jackson. Wiese will speak, and the Tennessee National Guard and the National Society United States Daughters of 1812 will also take part in the ceremony.

From 1-1:30 p.m., Wiese will talk about the famous battle.

Throughout the day at the Hermitage, re-enactors will mill around the property, eager to share stories about Gen. Jackson and the War of 1812. Also, the Education Center on site will present an “I Spy” War of 1812 event with codes from the Baratarian Pirates of New Orleans. 

On the hour from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., a duel will take place behind the mansion. There are also several other programs scheduled, including crafts and games.

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