1.18.2015

Letter from Andrew Jackson to David Holmes

Head Quarters 7. M. District
Camp 4 miles below N. Orleans
18 Jan: 1815

Sir,
     The repulse which the enemy met with on the 8th has, I believe, proved fatal to their hopes. Their loss on that day, was prodigious--exceeding according to their own accounts as well as to ours, 2600 Amongst their killed were genl Packingham the commander in chief, & Major general Gibbs who died the day after the action. Major general Kean was wounded, but still lives. Their army is, at present, conducted by Major general Lambert, who, if I mistake not, finds himself in a very great perplexity. To advance he cannot--to retreat is shameful. Reduced to this unhappy dilemma, I believe he is disposed to encounter disgrace rather than ruin, & will, as soon as his arrangements for this purpose effected, return to his shipping.  This, at any rate, is the design to which many symptoms seem to point.  Probably, when it is attempted to be put in execution I shall accompany him a short distance.
     If ever there was a occasion on which providence interfered, immediately, in the affairs of men it seems to have been on this.  What but such an interposition could have saved this country? Let us mingle our joys & our thanksgiving together.
     At a moment when my feelings are thus alive I should do violence to them if I did not hasten to offer you my thanks, as well for the good disposition you have manifested, as for the important services you have rendered. With the highest respect I have the honor to be Sir Yr. very Obt Sr.

Andrew Jackson
Major genl comdg. 

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