Information About Battle Of New Orleans
Jimmie Driftwood a school principle from Arkansas wrote the song "The Battle Of New Orleans" as a way to inspire his students. Driftwood went on to write more historically based songs and was eventually given a recording contract in 1959.
This song attempts to capture the 1815 Battle of New Orleans wherein the central character is an American fighting alongside Andrew Jackson against British forces. The song's melody was inspired by the famous American fiddle tune "The 8th of January"; the date of the Battle of New Orleans.
The Marquis de Lafayette (pronounced "La-fey-ETTE) was a French nobleman who assisted the colonies in the Revolutionary War. Jean Lafitte (pronounced La-FEET) was a different person - a pirate who assisted General Jackson at the Battle of New Orleans.