Pirates and Privateers
Pirates and Privateers played important roles in the Battle for New Orleans.
That Jean Lafitte and his buccaneers sided with the Americans instead of allying with the British was particularly crucial to the outcome of events. It also secured his legacy in the pantheon of American heroes, with the Jean Lafitte National Park being a major tourist attraction to this day.
US privateers also played their role in harassing British warships and convoys. As Dr Faye Kert has shown, the General Armstrong entered the hallowed halls of fame engaging three British warships in the Azores in September 1814 and is credited by Andrew Jackson with delaying the British attack on New Orleans, allowing him time to organise its defenses.
US privateers also terrorised the British convoys transporting troops to New Orleans from the Chesapeake Bay area where they had captured Washington and attacked Baltimore, without success.