The Battle of New Orleans
In this episode, I talk with Ed Branley, author, historian, podcaster and contributor to GoNOLA.com. Together, we dive into the Battle of New Orleans.
Imagine this: You are standing in Jackson Square. You look up at Andrew Jackson atop his horse and wonder why he’s there. Sure, you know about the battle of New Orleans, but what was New Orleans like in the period leading up to the War of 1812? As the battle approached, what did New Orleanians think and feel about it? What did they think would be the outcome? How about the major players in the battle itself?
Listen in as we discuss these ideas and more. By the end of today’s show, you’ll get a sense of the battle itself, and also of New Orleans in the early 1800s. I enjoyed the conversation and know you will, too!
You can find Ed Branley (@NOLAHistoryGuy) on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and at NOLAHistoryGuy.com. Ed is also a frequent contributor to GoNOLA.com.
You can visit the site of the Battle of New Orleans during your visit to the Crescent City. The battleground is about 8 miles downriver from the French Quarter, and is part of what is called the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. You can get there by car or by paddle wheeler aboard the Creole Queen.
You can also visit the Historic New Orleans Collection online or in person at 533 Royal Street in the French Quarter.
A Special Thanks!
A big shout out to The Original Fiorellas Cafè for hosting our show this week!
Fiorellas is a neighborhood restaurant located in Gentilly (5325 Frankin Avenue), about five miles from the French Quarter headed out towards Lake Pontchartrain. They offer po-boys, plate lunches, award-winning fried chicken and more.
I’ve known the owners since I was six years old – I went to school with one of the brothers from Kindergarten through high school!. The physical place holds a special place in my heart as it is the building that housed Teddy’s Grill for 36 years. Long time listeners of Beyond Bourbon Street will recall Teddy’s Grill was the restaurant owned by my parents until Katrina.
In any event, we appreciate the hospitality in allowing us to record the show from their dining room. If you want to get off the beaten path, and have some delicious New Orleans food in a casual environment stop by The Original Fiorellas Cafè during your next visit to New Orleans. Be sure to tell them Mark from the Beyond Bourbon Street podcast sent you!
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