The Pirate Lafitte
and the Battle of New Orleans
Notes from Times Picayune Article
For entertainment, you can watch "The Buccaneer" (1958), starring Yule Brynner as a love-struck Lafitte, determined to win the affections of the governor's daughter by saving Louisiana.
Or you can read Lord Byron's poem The Corsair. Its closing line — "He left a Corsair's name to other times, Linked with one virtue, and a thousand crimes" — is said to have been inspired by Lafitte's defending the Crescent City.
Hollywood producer Ken Atchity and brother Fred unveiled plans Friday (Jan. 9) for a major feature film about the battle's place in history and Jackson's role in it. With a planned budget of $60 million to $65 million, the independently financed "Andrew Jackson and the Battle for New Orleans" is being targeted for a possible 2016 release, with shooting to begin as early as this summer. Envisioned by Ken Atchity as a sweeping action epic in the vein of 2000's "The Patriot" and 1995's Oscar-winning "Braveheart," the film will be shot entirely within a 30-mile radius of New Orleans, he said.
The film will be based largely on Ron Drez's recently published LSU Press book "The War of 1812: Conflict and Deception," which has been hailed by historian Douglas Brinkley as "the single most important book on the Battle of New Orleans." It also, among other things, takes on a century or more of scholarship insisting the Battle of New Orleans was unnecessary. Times-Picayune
A big discovery has come from British war records: A set of secret orders given in October 1814 to Major Gen. Edward Pakenham, the commander of the British invasion of the Gulf Coast. The orders directed Pakenham to fight on regardless of any peace deal and to capture New Orleans, said Ronald Drez, the military historian who uncovered the orders.
He dug up the records last spring during research in London for his new book, "The War of 1812, Conflict and Deception: The British Attempt to Seize New Orleans and Nullify the Louisiana Purchase." This should put to rest any doubt about British designs in America, Drez argues.
The British viewed the sale of the Louisiana territory by Napoleon Bonaparte to Thomas Jefferson as illegal. Great Britain "had never been reconciled with the loss of its colonies" in North America, said Christina Vella, a Tulane University historian and biographer. "They planned to colonize Louisiana."TimesPicayune
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