The Death of Pakenham


The battle of New Orleans is famous for launching Andrew Jackson on his eventual road to the White House.  Almost forgotten today is Major General Edward Pakenham, the British Commander.  A brother in law of the Duke of Wellington, Pakenham had a distinguished career in the British Army, earning rapid promotion for his good service in the Peninsular War in Portugal and Spain. 

At the battle of New Orleans Pakenham fell victim to American grape shot.  An initial blast killed his horse and shattered his left knee.  As he was helped to his feet, he was wounded in his right arm.  After he mounted a horse, yet more grape shot ripped through his spine giving him a mortal wound.  He was 36 years old.  (more…)

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