Last year, we introduced you to Elisha Cragun, Donny and Marie Osmond’s 4th great-grandfather. A veteran of the War of 1812, he served under Andrew Jackson in the Battle of New Orleans, which was a decisive US victory over British forces.
The battle occurred December 23, 1814 – January 8, 1815, and became the most lop sided US victory of the war. In late 1814, the British planned to invade New Orleans from the Gulf of Mexico, and they had their eyes on the prize. Capturing the city would have helped them control the sea access to the Mississippi River, the water highway of the United States.
Under command of Andrew Jackson, a force of only 4,732 men faced 11,000 British. The British forces withdrew, and on February 4, 1815, the fleet, with all of the British troops aboard, set sail toward Alabama. The victory certainly gave an enormous boost to the U.S. personnel, and helped to propel Jackson into the White House as President fourteen years later.
Elisha Cragun survived this engagement, and the remainder of the war. He passed away in 1847.