From the American Revolution to the Spanish-American War
Did black troops in combat contribute to the American victory at the Battle of New Orleans?
The War of 1812, in New Orleans, was mainly fought by naval forces, and black sailors made up approximately twenty percent of naval crews. While the army and Marine Corps continued to exclude blacks, the Louisiana legislature authorized enlistments of free black landowners in the militia. The black troops’ bravery in combat was a key factor in the American victory at the Battle of New Orleans, although it was fought after the war had officially ended.