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War of 1812 Hand-Painted Captured Wooden Canteen

"This Canteen Captured from the British at the Battle of N. Orleans"

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"This Canteen Captured from the British at the Battle of N. Orleans"

Hand-painted and richly embellished War of 1812 wooden canteen, with one side reading, “This Canteen Captured from the British at the Battle of N. Orleans, Jan. 8th 1815,” and the other, "Presented By Capt. Charles Griggs to Lieut. Georg[e J]asson 1858.” Intricately painted illustrations of war scene, grape borders, and star with starburst. The Battle of New Orleans was fought on January 8, 1815, between the British Army under Major General Sir Edward Pakenham and the United States Army under Brevet Major General Andrew Jackson, roughly 5 miles (8 km) southeast of the French Quarter of New Orleans, in the current suburb of Chalmette, Louisiana. The battle took place 15 days after the signing of the Treaty of Ghent, which formally ended the War of 1812, on December 24, 1814, though it would not be ratified by the United States (and therefore did not take effect) until February 16, 1815, as news of the agreement had not yet reached the United States from Europe. Despite a large British advantage in numbers, training, and experience, the American forces defeated a poorly executed assault in slightly more than 30 minutes. The Americans suffered just 71 casualties, while the British suffered over 2,000, including the deaths of the commanding general, Major General Sir Edward Pakenham, and his second-in-command, Major General Samuel Gibbs. The victory vaulted Jackson to national stardom, and foiled British plans for an invasion of the American frontier.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts Featuring Presidents
  • Dates: #658 - Ended February 08, 2023