The Hermitage presents anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans
Posted: Friday, January 15, 2010 12:45 pm
Second Vice President National Mrs. James G. Roberts took part in The Hermitage
Wreath Service on the 195th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans held at the Hermitage on Friday, Jan. 8, 2010.
The program was held inside the Andrew Jackson Visitor’s Center Auditorium because of cold weather.
The Tennessee Army National Guard Color Guard gave the posting of colors.
The welcome was given by Honorable George C. Paine, II, chief judge and past regent of the Ladies Hermitage Association. He also led the Pledge of Allegiance to USA Flag.
Rev. Jim Moran, from Hermitage Presbyterian Church, gave the invocation.
Remarks were given by Congressman Jim Cooper, from the 5th Congressional District of Tennessee. “General Andrew Jackson’s victory took place on a cold, foggy battlefield at Chalmette just below New Orleans. This shocking American victory was the final and pivotal battle of the War of 1812, ending the three-year war with Britain. Gen. Jackson defeated a British invasion on American soil even though his ragtag army was greatly outnumbered, forever marking Andrew Jackson as an American military hero. The Battle of New Orleans changed the course of American history, giving the young country a sense of civic pride and military power, and sent a country lawyer and Tennessee farmer named Andrew Jackson into the White House,” said Cooper
Mrs. Roberts talked about the Tennessee and National Society of United States Daughters of 1812. There were only four Tennessee 1812 daughters in attendance due to the inclement cold weather. The four Tennessee 1812 daughters were Aline Roberts, Colleen Spears, Felicia Wilt and Teresa Deathridge.
President and CEO of the Hermitage Howard Kittel gave the closing remarks.
Following the program, everyone in the room marched to the Jackson Tomb for the Commemoration and Placement of Wreaths. Congressman Jim Cooper placed a magnolia
leaf wreath on Andrew Jackson’s tomb. Honorary Tennessee State President and second vice president National of United States Daughters of 1812 Aline Roberts placed a magnolia leaf wreath on Rachel Jackson’s tomb.
Following the service everyone was welcome back to the Garden Café to enjoy a complimentary cup of hot chocolate or coffee.
In the Visitor’s Center, Curator of Extension Services from the Tennessee State Museum Myers Brown had a table display set up for all to see on what an 1812 soldier would wear during the war and what he would carry to eat. Myers was also dressed as an 1812 soldier.
Tennessee State President Mrs. Joe E. Reynolds was unable to attend because of bad road conditions.
My husband, James Gary, accompanied me on the trip. We had a delightful time.