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The battlefield is currently closed due to damage from Hurricane Katrina. It is expected to reopen in fall 2006.
There was a very good ranger talk twice a day at 11:15 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.
You can not at present come on the Creole Queen from New Orleans. You board at 1:30 and it will get you to the Battlefield in time for the 2:45 talk.
NEWS from the Park
Date: July 28, 2006
The two halves of a 56-foot-long temporary building have rolled into Chalmette Battlefield just downriver from New Orleans, marking the next step toward recovery from Hurricane Katrina.
“The building is basically the size of a doublewide trailer,” said Aly Baltrus, supervisory park ranger for Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, which manages the south Louisiana site commemorating the Battle of New Orleans. “It will serve as a temporary visitor contact station with exhibits and a book sales area and provide interpretive and maintenance offices.”
“The set-up crew for the temporary building is scheduled for next week,” said Brian Strack, park facility manager. “They’ll put the two halves together and get it ready for power and water, which we hope to have by summer so we can open the battlefield to the public.”
Hurricane Katrina destroyed the visitor center in August 2005. The building was razed and this interim visitor center, purchased with emergency hurricane funding, will sit on the same site.
In the adjacent national cemetery, historic buildings housing maintenance and interpretive offices were flooded and await repairs, and the cemetery suffered severe damage. Chalmette Monument, located next to the visitor center, was being cleaned and re-pointed when Hurricane Katrina interrupted the job. Scaffolding around the monument was recently re-erected and work on the monument will be finished in May. Chalmette Battlefield and Chalmette National Cemetery are both currently closed due to damage from Hurricane Katrina.
Directions: Located on St. Bernard Highway in Chalmette
Sign about the canal
This sign says:
"This depression is the trace of an early mill race that divided the Chalmette and Macarty plantations. By the time of the Battle of New Orleans, it was no longer in use and its banks had fallen in. Jackson's men build their mud rampart behind the canal. Partly filled with water, it added to the strength of the American Line. This is the only man-made feature dating back to the battle of January 8, 1815."
Malus-Beauregard House from the dock
Eighteen years after the Battle of New Orleans, this house was built as a country residence. It was never associated with a plantation. It bears the name of the last private owner, Judge René Beauregard.
I did not go in this house, but I understand it is empty (not furnished) except for a gift shop.
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