One of the most famous battles of the War of 1812 was the Battle of New Orleans, in which General Andrew Jackson and his troops defeated a larger British army.
The battle was fought on January 8, 1815, 15 days after a peace treaty between the United States and England had been signed in Europe. But the news, which came across the Atlantic Ocean on a ship, didn’t reach Jackson or the British troops before the battle.
Although the Americans were outnumbered more than two-to-one at New Orleans, they lost only 71 men while the British lost 2,000!
At the time of the battle, even President James Madison in Washington, D.C., didn’t know about the treaty or the battle!