Monday, November 14, 2005


New Orleans Battlefield took big hit during storm

The flooding that followed the Aug. 29 storm was high in Chalmette, just south of New Orleans, where Jackson won a lopsided battle over battle-hardened British troops at the end of the War of 1812.

"We took the storm surge," said David Muth, chief of resource management at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park, who estimates damage to the now-shuttered historic site at over $1.5 million. "The museum displays were hopelessly ruined."

Katrina blew scaffolding into a marble obelisk, damaging a commemorative structure that Jackson dedicated after the war.

The deep flooding also uncovered some remains in a Civil War-era national cemetery that honors soldiers who died on both sides of that conflict, Muth said.

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