Primary Documents of the Battle of New Orleans 1815

Pakenham’s Orders

John R. Grodzinski
Below are four Letters from Earl Bathurst, to Major-General Sir Edward Pakenham, dated 24 October 1814, which provided direction for the expedition against New Orleans.

Downing Street 26th Octr 1814

M Genl The Hon

Sir T. Pakenham


Having taken into consideration that instructions which may arise in consequence of the Booty or Prize Money made by His Majesty’s Naval and Land Forces on the Coasts of America, I consider it to be expedient to intimate to you that this Booty and Prize Money so taken should be brought to condemnation as in other cases of conjoint expenditures and that it would be desirable that such Proceedings should be had in all cases which should admit it, in the High Court of Admiralty, and that proper agents be appointed in England to manage the business and protect the interests of the Captors.

It may be advisable that the Naval and Military Commander should jointly propose a plan of distribution to be submitted to the Prince Regent in Council.

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About the author

John R. Grodzinski

John R. Grodzinski

Major John R. Grodzinski, CD, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of History/Département d'Histoire
The Royal Military College of Canada/
Collège militaire royal du Canada
PO Box 17000 Stn Forces
Kingston, Ontario
Canada K7K 7B4

Author of Defender of Canada: Sir George Prevost and the War of 1812, University of Oklahoma Press, 2013.