Jan. 8 marked the 200th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans — a triumphant U.S. victory over the British in the War of 1812.
To commemorate the historic event, the Postal Service dedicated the War of 1812: Battle of New Orleans stamp at the site of the battle — the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve/Chalmette Battlefield inLouisiana.
“In halting the British plans to attack New Orleans, Major General Andrew Jackson almost instantly established himself as a national icon and military hero,” said USPS Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee member Peter Argentine.
“By portraying achievers and achievements — ideas and ideals — stamps honor America’s heritage and heroes and bring historical subjects to life,” said Argentine. “That is certainly true of our newest stamp.”
Joining Argentine in the dedication was British Ambassador Peter Westmacott, Louisiana Lt. Gov. Jay Darden and Park Service Superintendent Lance Hatten.
Other dignitaries also spoke about the significance of this battle.
A special dedication ceremony also took place at Jackson’s Nashville home, the Hermitage.
Customers can purchase the stamp at Post Offices, online or by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724).