Letter from Andrew Jackson to James Winchester

Head quarters 7th M District
Camp 4 miles below N Orleans
January 19th 1815

Dr. Genl
     From the affair of the 8th. to 12 oclock P M on the 18th I kept up a harrassing fire on the enemy when he precipitately retreated to his flotilla leaving Eighty wounded including two officers, and fourteen peaces of heave artillery, six Eighteen pounders on their carriages compleat-- The enemy on the morning of the 18th retreated from before Fort. St. Phillips after bombarding it for nine days with no other effect than killing one man & wounding seven-- throwing upwards of 1000 shells from a 13 1/2 Inch mortar-- Louisiana is now clear of an enemy, where he may attempt to strike, or whether he is able to strike at all is uncertain-- The Prisoner acknowledge a loss of upwards of 4000, the Flower of their army and all their valuable officers-- Lt. Genl Packingham, and Major Genl Gibbs are both dead-- Major General Kean is badly wounded-- Major Genl Lambart is said to have went crazy, and the British army now commanded by a Colo. Still we must be vigilent and on the alert-- My whole effectives with arms on the 8th instant did no amount to 4000 three thousand on the left bank engaged. My regular force 550 nearly two thirds of whom are not better than raw militia-- But with this force with vigilence I have defeated this Boasted army of Lord Wellingtons-- double my numbers at least--Should this crippled army attemp to vissit you on their passage home you will give a good account of them.  I think they are bound for Bermuda, there to await further orders-- and as soon as there defeat reaches gent-- we will have peace in my oppinion-- respectfully yours in haste,

Andrew Jackson

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