Letter from Andrew Jackson to James Brown

Head quarters 7th. M. District
N Orleans January 26th. [27] 1815
half after 10 oclock p.m.

     I have Just time to say to you that the officer of the piquet guard at chefmenteur states from his look out tree, that the last British sail disappeared at half past 11 a.m. to day, and Louisiana is again freed from her enemy, whether they will attempt to rally their shattered forces, and return to the invasion of this country, I cannot say-- I shall not relax in my preparations for defence, but the government must recollect how inadequate the regular force here is to the defence of the country--Genl Coffees brave Volunteers time of service will soon expire, and a reenforcement ought to be up in time to relieve them-- this hint you will please give to the secratary of war-- The arms has at length reached me on yesterday, had they been up on the 7th. I think on the 8th. the whole B. forces would have been captured, I was too weak to risque and bold project-- 3200 effectives met on the line 9500 of the choice of Wellingtons army two thirds of whom (says the last prisoners taken) were destroyed since the landed-- they estimate (says the prisoners) their loss in killed wounded & missing to 6500, and state that Genl Kean is since dead of his wounds-- I enclose you my adress and Genl order to my army, adieu respectfully

Andrew Jackson

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