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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP10 Mar 2021 8:44 p.m. PST

… of New Orleans

"In 1815 James Morgan Bradford may well have become the first modern war correspondent when he sent a firsthand account of the Battle of New Orleans to The Time Piece, the tiny newspaper he had established four years earlier in St. Francisville, Louisiana. Bradford was born in Virginia in 1777 but grew up in Frankfort, Kentucky, where his father published a newspaper. Shortly after the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, Bradford moved to New Orleans, where he bought a printing plant and began publishing the Orleans Gazette. In 1805 he became the Louisiana Territory's official printer, but his strident calls for the use of military force to liberate "the wretched subjects of despotic Spain" brought him into direct political conflict with the territory's governor, who revoked his contract in 1809. At that point, Bradford sold his interest in the Gazette and moved to St. Francisville, where he took up the study of law, founded The Time Piece (the town's first newspaper), and was admitted to the Louisiana Bar.

In January 1815, as the British—unaware that the Treaty of Ghent had formally ended the War of 1812 on December 24, 1814—turned their sights on New Orleans, Bradford joined a Louisiana unit, Captain Jedediah Smith's "Feliciana Troop of Horse," to defend the port city against an enemy assault. U.S. Army forces under the command of Brevet Major General Andrew Jackson scored a resounding victory in the Battle of New Orleans, making Jackson a national hero…."
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William Warner11 Mar 2021 10:50 a.m. PST

Excellent find. It's hard to beat first-person accounts.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP11 Mar 2021 11:25 a.m. PST

Happy you enjoyed it my friend!.


IronDuke596 Supporting Member of TMP11 Mar 2021 2:02 p.m. PST

A very brief account but nonetheless a first hand account. Nice find T. and thanks.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP12 Mar 2021 12:01 p.m. PST

No mention my friend.


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