Friday, January 2, 2015

85. Interview with Jason Wiese, Associate Director at the HNOC

85.  We interview Jason Wiese, the Associate Director of the Williams Research Center at the Historic New Orleans Collection.  He is the curator of their Battle of New Orleans exhibit.  We talk to him about the Battle of New Orleans, the exhibit he oversees, and other related topics regarding the 200th anniversary of the Battle.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. January 4 1757. King Louis XV of France survives an assassination attempt by Robert Frangois.
  2. This week in New Orleans history.  Isaac Delgado Dies. January 4, 1912.  The current fifty-seven-acre City Park Campus of Delgado Community College in New Orleans was originally established in 1921 as Delgado Central Trades School, a manual trade school for young boys. The land was purchased with funds bequeathed by Delgado to the City of New Orleans in 1909.
  3. This week in Louisiana.     Mardi Gras 12th Night
    January 6th, 2015
    Lake Charles Civic Center
    Lake Charles Civic Center, 900 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, LA 70601
    337-436-9588
    A glittering entrance to the Mardi Gras season, the Twelfth Night celebration at the Lake Charles Civic Center draws thousands to see the grand promenade of the kiings, queens, and captains of more than 50 krewes. The Twelfth Night radition parallels the three king's entry at the ancient nativity twelve days after Jesus' birth.
  4. Battle of New Orleans  January 8, 1815. NO. XXVIII.
    Letter from commodore Patterson to the secretary of the navy. Marine Batteries, 5 miles below N. Orleans, January 2, 1815
    Sir,
    Finding the advantageous effect which resulted from the flanking-fire upon the enemy from the Louisiana, as detailed in my letter of the 29th ultimo, I that night had brought down from the navy yard, and mounted in silence, a twenty-four pounder on shore, in a position where it could most annoy the enemy when throwing up works on the levee or in the field. On the 30th opened upon the enemy with the twenty-four pounder, which drove them from their works, the ship firing at the same time upon their advance, which retired from the levee and sheltered itself behind houses, &c. The great effect produced by the gun on shore, induced me on the 31st to land from the Louisiana two twelve-pounders, which I mounted behind the levee in the most advantageous position, to harass the flank of the enemy in his approaches to our lines, and to aid our right. At four A. M. the enemy opened a fire upon the left of our line with artillery and musketry, which was returned most spiritly with artillery and musketry. At two P. M. the enemy having retired, the firing ceased.
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