Yesterday marked the 199th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans. A beautiful day in the French Quarter gave way to a commemoration of the incredible final battle of the war of 1812. The Battle of New Orleans was fought–and won–just four miles East of New Orleans at the Chalmette battlefield. Against overwhelming odds, both Creole and American citizens of the city united against the much larger and better equipped common enemy, the British. No one knew that a peace treaty had already been signed and that the war between England and the young United States of America had been over since Christmas Eve two weeks earlier! Luckily, the New Orleans forces prevailed. The Battle of New Orleans is widely considered to be the greatest American land victory of the war.