In 1814, Britain mounted a massive seaborne assault against the United States. The British burned public buildings in Washington, forcing President Madison and his cabinet to flee the city, but the Americans successfully defended Baltimore (commemorated in "The Star-Spangled Banner"). The British then sailed south to launch a bold -attack on New Orleans, which was defeated by the Americans under the inspired leadership of Andrew Jackson. A fascinating blend of diplomatic, social and military history, the book sets the battles to capture New Orleans within the context of the War of 1812, explaining the issues that led the United States to declare war on Britain. Here are the glitter and decadence of New Orleans on the eve of battle, the heroics and crafty dealings of the pirate Jean Lafitte, and the military triumphs and fiascos that preceded the final conflict beside the Mississippi River. Robin Reilly's account of the Battle of New Orleans and the events that led to it is regarded by many experts as unsurpassed.