Extract of a letter received in this city, from a gentleman of respectability, at New Orleans.Camp near New Orleans
13th January, 1815.
“The resistance made here is without parallel.-On the 8th inst. about ten minutes before sun-rise, the British army mad a desperate effort to carry our line on the left bank of the river, which terminated in the most complete defeat that any army ever experienced.
“The enemy’s lose, I am certain, in killed and wounded, cannot be less than 1500 men, and ours not more than 20. Their first in command, Lt. Gen. Packenham, is killed, as also their second Maj. Gen. Keane-their third Major General Gibbs, badly wounded, and now the command has devolved on the fourth, Maj. Gen. Lambert.
Their charge on our strong line was probably the most brilliant and daring thing every attempted; but great firmness on our part, behind a well fortified breast work, has cut to pieces the flower of the army; notwithstanding, I see no disposition to retreat. We are going on strengthening our works, and are confident of repelling any further attempts that may be made.”
Published in the Maryland Gazette-February 2, 1815.