British and American gunboats in action on Lake Borgne, 14 December 1814 by Thomas Lyde Hornbrook

British and American gunboats in action on Lake Borgne, 14 December 1814

Thomas Lyde Hornbrook

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British and American gunboats in action on Lake Borgne, 14 December 1814

During the preparation for the attack on New Orleans during the Anglo-American War of 1812-1814, one of the obstacles for the British to overcome was five American gunboats moored on Lake Borgne, a sea lake to the east. Since the waters were too shallow to permit men-of-war to get within range, the attack was made by boats of the fleet. This force consisted of 42 launches, each with a carronade mounted in the bow, and carrying 980 seamen and marines. The five American gunboats were commanded by Lieutenant Thomas Catesby Jones and manned by 182 men.
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