The Bourbon Orleans Hotel of the New Orleans Hotel Collection Creates a Historic Battle of New Orleans Package and Dinner

Located in the heart of the French Quarter, the Bourbon Orleans Hotel announces a special commemorative period dinner and hotel package commemorating a famous battle in the War of 1812.

New Orleans, Louisiana (PRWEB) December 04, 2015

The Bourbon Orleans Hotel has announced a special package to commemorate the famous “Battle of New Orleans.” The battle was fought just downriver from the city on January 8,1815, and served to confirm an important victory against a vastly superior force for the United States in the War of 1812. It is often referred to as America’s “Second War of Independence.”

The Andrew Jackson Premium Overnight Package is available at the Bourbon Orleans and five other fine hotels of the New Orleans Hotel Collection. Guests will take a step back in time to the period of the famous battle. The three-night package is available January 7-9, 2016, and includes:

  • Overnight premium room accommodations for three nights, four days for two guests at a choice of six hotels of the New Orleans Hotel Collection;
  • Daily Breakfast, Wi-Fi, in-room coffee and bottled artesian water, newspapers and local phone calls;
  • A welcome “period” cocktail from the Bourbon O Bar – Bourbon Streets Classiest Bar as created by New Orleans “Mixologist of the Year”;
  • A period 5-course themed dinner with wine (Pakenham’s Final Supper), including open bar reception and instruction on the battle by General Sir Edward Pakenham, commander of the British Forces in America, and over 20 other officers in period costume of the British “mess” – a military term for groups who take their meals together;
  • Private History Walking Tour of the French Quarter from the experts at Livery Tours, including Battle of New Orleans highlights;
  • Luxury Transfers by Limousine Livery with entry to the reenactment ceremonies on Saturday January 9;
  • Package price: $950 for two guests, plus 14.75% sales and occupancy taxes.

Reservations must be made in advance by calling Judy at (504) 571-4672 weekdays from 9am – 4pm.

Pakenham’s Final Supper – Tuesday, January 6
Included in the above historic package is a wonderful period dinner attended by actors portraying General Sir Edward Pakenham and senior officers of the British Expeditionary Forces of 1815. The period dinner recreates a meal that would have been served at an important function in the early 1800s, with research done by Chef Joey Wells with the Bourbon Orleans. The dinner will be held in the historic 1817 Orleans Ballroom, New Orleans’ oldest. The five-course candlelight dinner, served with wine and preceded by an open bar with period drinks will be held on Tuesday, January 6 at 6:30 pm and is open to individual guests. Period entertainment will be provided by the Hogg Family Players, a fiddle, singing and recital group specializing in historic reenactments.

Pakenham’s Final Supper price is $139 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuities. Dinner reservations and a sample menu can be viewed online at For phone reservation, please contact Judy at (504) 571-4672 between 9am and 4pm weekdays.

Throughout the U.S., groups recreate events from the period of the War of 1812 as part of the Bicentennial celebrations. The War of 1812 is often referred to as the “War that Forged a Nation,” or “America’s second war of Independence.” Notably, the opponents in this war, Great Britain and the U.S. have never been on the opposite site of a conflict since. Both the Andrew Jackson Overnight Package and General Pakenham’s Final Supper are recognized official events of the Battle of New Orleans Bicentennial Commission with the Honorable W. Henson Moore III, Chairman.

About the New Orleans Hotel Collection
The New Orleans Hotel Collection is a group of six fine hotels in the New Orleans metropolitan region owned by local investors. Comprised of the Bourbon Orleans, Dauphine Orleans, Hotel Mazarin, Wyndham Riverfront, Crowne Plaza New Orleans Airport and Hotel Le Marais, these are boutique and small upscale meeting hotels in prime locations throughout the city. For more information, visit the New Orleans Hotel Collection website at:

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War of 1812 comes to life at Backus

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Charles Robinson to Hold Booksigning at Bookshop

Posted: Wednesday, October 7, 2015 

WASHINGTON — Litchfield County resident Charles Raskob Robinson will sign copies of his new book, “The Naval War of 1812 – 1815,” at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 10, in the Hickory Stick Bookshop, 2 Green Hill Rd.

The book describes the on-line art exhibition and video documentary of paintings celebrating the bicentennial of the War of 1812.

The video related the history of how the young American Republic established the United States Navy, Marine Corps and Revenue Cutter Service, the predecessor to the Coast Guard.

The Republic also designed and built the most powerful class of frigate in the world and trained its seamen in gunnery and naval warfare.

At this time in history, the United States was a neutral nation in a world where European powers were locked in a death struggle.

When it could no longer tolerate interference with its maritime commerce and the impressment of its sailors into the Royal Navy, the U.S. declared war against Great Britain in the Second War of Independence.

Mr. Robinson illustrates the three principal theaters of the conflict: the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans; the lakes along the northern border with British North America; and the lakes along the northern border with British North America.

The epilogue shows how the war provided the foundation for the strength of American maritime services over the following two hundred years.

Mr. Robinson was raised in the Brandywine Valley of Pennsylvania and exposed to the art and influence of Howard Pyle, the Wyeth’s and others of the Brandywine School at an early age.

His interest in marine subjects can be traced to the summers he spent on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and in the waters of the Maine Coast.

While attending Haverford, a Quaker college, he learned metal working skills that led to the founding of Colonial Arms Foundry a company that manufactured model operational reproductions of U.S.Naval cannon of 1812 vintage.

These cannon appear in the permanent collections of the Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia, Pa., and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md.

Mr. Robinson has exhibited in one-man shows and national and international contemporary marine art exhibitions.

This event is free and open to the public.

Those unable to attend may reserve a signed copy of the book by calling 860-868 0525 or emailing

More information is available at


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War of 1812 comes to life at Backus

By Chris Abbott, Tillsonburg News

With cannons on the hill and in the valley, the Americans were set to defend the schoolhouse Sunday afternoon at the annual Backus Heritage Conservation Area War of 1812 Re-enactment.

The invading force had captured the village schoolhouse during Saturday’s battle. This time, however, the British would win. The Redcoats, supported by militia and natives forces, overwhelmed the Americans, who eventually called for a parley near the school.

A shot was fired, a British officer fell. The parley was suddenly over.

“I think what happened was one of their guys was trying to kill me and accidentally shot my sergeant major,” said Dave Westhouse, captain of the 1812 Royal Scots Grenadiers, filling in for the company’s major on the weekend.

“After that happened, it was like ‘you’re done, the gloves are off.’ There’s no parleying after that… we’re going to take you all down to the last man. So we just kept pushing and pushing until they finally left.”

The weekend re-enactment was not based on any actual War of 1812 event, Westhouse noted. He didn’t know of any situation where an officer was shot during parley.

“I think it could have happened but I don’t remember reading anything where they actually did. That would be considered extreme bad manners. That rifleman would have been on his own thinking ‘I’ll take him out. We’re outnumbered, so if I take out their commanding officer…’ It would throw the British off their game a little bit.”

While creating the scenario, they considered a situation where an officer was captured, then decided to take it a step further.

“Just a little theatrics,” said Westhouse. “This event allows us to spice it up a little bit, play a little bit more than some sites can. The geography of the site also allows that too.”

It’s not a typical War of 1812 re-enactment. Because there was no battle at Backus, modern-day re-enactors have free license to create their own scenarios. Typically the Americans win Saturday and the British win Sunday.

“Some of the battles are straightforward,” said Kevin O’Halloran, who was providing commentary to an estimated 250-plus spectators during Sunday’s battle. “This way you get to see what the average citizen went through.”

“It’s different at historic War of 1812 sites like Fort George and Fort Erie,” said Westhouse. “Here we’re just using the scenery and backdrops for a ‘what if’ situation. There is no intention here to recreate something that actually happened. At the historic sites they try to generally recreate what units were present and how they entered the battle. At Fort Erie it’s completely as it happened. Fort George, same thing, but sometimes Fort George will do (Battle of) Chippawa.”

2015 marks the end of the bicentennial for the war.

“This was a big year for us,” said Westhouse, a 14-year re-enactor from London. “Some of us in our unit took part in the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo in Waterloo, Belgium, with over 6,000 re-enactors. It was a huge field – massive – and it was re-created the same as what happened in 1815.

“In January some of us went to New Orleans for the 200th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans. It was very well done.”

Leading up to the bicentennial his unit typically tried to do one ‘battle’ they had never done before and one long distance road trip per year. That’s the plan going forward in 2016.

“There’s about 10 of us in our group – we’re trying to get more – and next year we’re planning to go to Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, on the Mississippi River. There was a three-day (1814) siege of a small fort, Fort Shelby, which was in American control. They do some mock battles like this. We always intended to go there and now that the bicentennial is over we’ll go and make a vacation out of it.”

Also participating at Backus on the weekend was the Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada, one of several War of 1812 groups in Ontario.

“It’s all individual Societies in regional areas across the province,” said Westhouse. “In London there are two groups of Royal Scots. In the Hamilton area there’s the 41st – they come from all around, London to Niagara. The 49th are generally from Peterborough. There’s some from Cornwall, the Canadian Fencibles… there’s about a dozen different groups in Canada. Some of them re-enact as the US (21st and 25th) because we always need somebody to shoot at.”

In October, the Royal Scots Grenadiers will be at Fanshawe Pioneer Village. Some of the group will also travel to Marion, Indiana, a festival marking the Battle of Missisinewa (December 1812).

“It’s an awesome hobby,” Westhouse smiled.

For more on the Royal Scots Grenadiers see their website at It includes a calendar of events, photo galleries, history, and recruiting information.

Robin DeCloet, curator of the Backus Heritage Conservation Area historical village, said the 26th Battle at Backus was a good weekend attendance-wise despite some wet weather.

“Saturday and Sunday, the weather did not seem to affect it. Saturday morning at our 11 o’clock battle, it was a little bit lower numbers, but considering… we had maybe 75 out. Rain or shine, people know it’s happening and we’re very thankful for that. It was a decent crowd Sunday. I’d say about 250 and that’s very typical. I was very happy with that.”

DeCloet estimated the number of re-enactors to be around 150, although some participated Saturday only, some Sunday only.

“Some people take up hockey, some people take up golf. These guys take up re-enacting and it’s a lifestyle, a hobby,” said DeCloet. “They don’t get anything for it. All we give them is the playing field.

“We appreciate it and give them credit. They put the show on for the public and what better way to learn about history than to see it living?”

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Mackinac Island events mark end of War of 1812 bicentennial in Michigan

MACKINAC ISLAND, MI — The War of 1812 may have officially ended with the Treaty of Ghent ratification on Feb. 17, 1815, but British troops didn’t withdraw from the Michigan territory until July of that year.

On Saturday, July 18, the 200-year anniversary of the British withdrawal from Mackinac Island will be commemorated with special events attended by Gov. Rick Snyder and representatives of Canada and local Native American tribes.

The Mackinac Island ceremonies and a September historical marker dedication in Detroit mark the close of Michigan’s formal bicentennial celebration of the War of 1812, a two-and-a-half year conflict between Great Britain and the new United States of America that included the burning of Washington, D.C. in 1814.

Michigan was a key area of conflict in the war, with U.S. and British land and naval forces clashing over control of what now is Canada.

British forces had occupied Mackinac Island between July 17, 1812 and July 18, 1815, when the Union Jack was lowered over Fort Mackinac and the British moved their forces to Drummond Island.

Niagara.jpgView full sizeThe Niagara during Bay City Tall Ship Celebration in 2013.

Saturday’s island ceremonies include a 2 p.m. flag raising and 7 p.m. International Peace Garden dedication and ribbon cutting as well as presentations by Snyder, Canadian Counsel General Douglas George, Eric Hemenway from the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, and Mackinac Island Mayor Margaret Doud.

Other activities at Fort Mackinac include cannon and rifle firing demonstrations, music, tours, drill and court martial reenactments.

On Sept.19, a historical marker will be dedicated at Fort Wayne in Detroit, marking the Treaty of Spring Wells signing by General (later President) William Henry Harrison and eight Native American tribes that fought against the U.S. in the war.

Making peace with the former British-allied tribes was key to opening up Michigan land to settlers, say historians.

The Michigan Commission on the Commemoration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 officially completes its service on July 31, 2015.

Garret Ellison covers business, government and environment for MLive/The Grand Rapids Press. Email him at or follow on Twitter & Instagram

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Snyder, others marking War of 1812-related bicentennial

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and others on Saturday helped mark the bicentennial of the true end of the War of 1812 on Mackinac Island.

Snyder took part in a ceremony in Marquette Park near Fort Mackinac. He was to be joined by Canadian Consul General Douglas George and Eric Hemenway of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians.

The event, which featured a Mackinac Island Peace Garden dedication, marked the 200th anniversary of the British withdrawal from the island — now a tourist attraction in the Straits of Mackinac connecting lakes Michigan and Huron. The war officially ended months earlier.

British forces had recaptured the fort in 1812 with help from hundreds of Native Americans in one of the war’s first military actions. The Battle of Mackinac Island — a monthlong effort by the U.S. to get it back — came two years later.

The centerpiece of the Mackinac Island Peace Garden is a bronze statue by Gareth Curtiss. It depicts the Americans, British, and Native Americans who fought for the island.

The peace garden is one of several along the U.S.-Canada border marking the peace between the nations since the War of 1812.

“It’s important to reflect on the events of 200 years ago, and it’s also important to remember in our world today that peace is fragile,” Snyder’s spokesman, Dave Murray, said in an email to The Associated Press. “We contemplate peace not just between neighboring countries, but between neighbors, and it’s important that we focus on working together, treating people with the respect and dignity they deserve.”  (AP)

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Guns Off Algiers: Victory and the War of 1812

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Tennessee group to be recognized for commemorating ‘Forgotten Conflict’

Historians sometimes refer to the War of 1812 as ‘the Forgotten Conflict.’
Jun 14, 2015

Yet it was a war in which Tennessee earned its “Volunteer State” nickname, made possible the acquisition of territory west of the Tennessee River, launched the careers of Sam Houston, David Crockett and Andrew Jackson and saw thousands of Tennesseans fight in key battles like the Battle of Horseshoe Bend and the Battle of New Orleans.

A Tennessee organization dedicated to preserving and promoting history related to the War of 1812 has received a national award for its efforts. The Tennessee War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission will receive a leadership in history award of merit from the American Association for State and Local History at a ceremony in Louisville this September.

The commission will be recognized for the work it has done since its creation by the Tennessee General Assembly in 2012. Among its other activities, the commission organized 200th anniversary memorial ceremonies, held annual symposiums, supported living history programs and workshops throughout the state, produced material for brochures and special editions of Tennessee Historical Quarterly and helped acquire property that is historically significant to the War of 1812.

The commission plans to have another symposium on the war’s legacy that is scheduled for Sept. 25- 26 in Collierville.

The Tennessee State Library and Archives is one of many organizations involved with the commission’s work. TSLA held an exhibit on the War of 1812 in its lobby and provided materials for a traveling exhibit featured at various locations around the state. TSLA has also conducted workshops for Tennessee teachers who teach about the subject.

Myers Brown, an archivist at TSLA, serves as the commission’s chairman.

“The War of 1812 had major implications for the state of Tennessee,” said Secretary of State Tre Hargett. “I am thankful that the War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission is being recognized for its hard work in keeping this important part of our history from being obscured or forgotten.”

The American Association for State and Local History is a Nashville-based nonprofit organization that provides leadership and support for members who preserve and interpret history. Tennessee’s War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission is scheduled to receive its award during the association’s annual meeting Sept. 18.

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GCV&M Celebrates War of 1812 Bicentennial & Jane Austen this Weekend

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1812 Fashion Show FooteMUMFORD — This weekend join re-enactors portraying shopkeepers, housewives, merchants and soldiers amidst the sounds of fifes and drums; cannons and muskets; and Austen-era music and dancing as the Museum remembers the war of 1812 and Jane Austen Weekend.

The War of 1812 is eclipsed by the bloodshed of the Civil War, and often overlooked in the aftermath of two World Wars, the “Forgotten” War of 1812.

The weekend will be devoted to activities that recall those harrowing days when the United States was young. The museum’s historic village will be populated by visiting War of 1812 re-enactors, who will offer insight into the impact of the conflict on the region.

But the event is not all about war. There will also be a special focus on Jane Austen and the Regency Era, exploring its fashions and fascinations.

Enjoy performances by musicians from Old Fort Niagara, a dance demonstration by the Country Dancers of Rochester, a Jane Austen fashion show daily at noon and much more.

PHOTO CAPTION: En-actors at the museum. (Photo courtesy GCV&M)

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Bicentennial of battle victory planned

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Posted: Sunday, June 7, 2015

Generals Andrew Jackson and John Coffee, along with some of their soldiers and spouses, will return to the Shoals this weekend to mark the end of the War of 1812.

The Natchez Trace Parkway Association is staging events along the ancient route to commemorate Jackson’s victory over the British in the Battle of New Orleans on Jan. 8, 1815, and their return north afterward. New Orleans was one of the few land victories for the United States during the war, and it was won with an army cobbled together with free blacks and American Indians.

“We are doing a re-enactment of General Jackson and his wife, Rachel, returning from the Battle of New Orleans,” said Annie Perry, chairman of the Alabama Chapter of the association. “Communities turned out and had victory balls. This made him famous.”

Beginning Friday, history re-enactors will offer insights into life after the war ended, a time when white settlers began moving into northwest Alabama, which lead to the founding of Tuscumbia and Florence.

The soldiers’ memorial at the Colbert County Courthouse a 2 p.m. Friday will launch the events, where the Uriah Blue Regiment will be honored. Perry said the regiment was made up of Chickasaw and Choctaw Indians, and included the Colbert brothers, who were officers. The county was named for George Colbert.

“The Chickasaws are sending re-enactors to portray them,” she said.

Professor Gene Smith, of the University of Texas, give a talk at 5 p.m. at the standpipe in Sheffield on the regiment and the free people of color in Jackson’s army, Perry said. The park and area around the standpipe was used as a campground by Jackson’s army, she said.

A talk about Coffee, one of the founders of Florence, will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, at the Florence-Lauderdale Tourism office in McFarland Park. The gathering will include a Native American circle, during which people will be invited to speak.

A wreath will be laid at the Coffee Cemetery, as well.

A victory ball will take place Saturday night at Locust Hill in Tuscumbia, Perry said.

“Andrew and Rachel will arrive by carriage with their soldiers through downtown Tuscumbia,” she said. “He will make a speech on the steps when he arrives.”

The ball is a ticketed event, at $40. Tickets may be purchased at Cold Water Books and at local tourism offices.

Other re-enactors will portray John and Mary Coffee, and Choctaw leader Pushmataha, Perry said.

There were a number of Chickasaw and Choctaw bands that fought with Jackson’s army during the Creek Indian War, which coincided with the War of 1812.

After the defeat of the Creeks at Horseshoe Bend, Jackson turned his attention to the British along the Gulf Coast.

The Battle of New Orleans actually occurred two weeks after the Treaty of Ghent was signed on Christmas Eve, 1814, in Belgium. Word had not reached Jackson and the British of the treaty.

More information about the events is available at the tourism offices.

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