Recognizing our Roots:

Living History at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

Free Men of Color and Camp Followers


On January 7 & 8, 2011 students from McMain High School, New Orleans, Louisiana, participated in the anniversary event commemorating the Battle of New Orleans at Chalmette Battlefield, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. The students, who are members of the Army JROTC program prepared for the event during the fall of 2010 by attending lectures and practicing historic military drills and historic military camp practices under the supervision of National Park Service rangers. On January 7th and 8, 2011, the students successfully portrayed the 1st Battalion of Free Men of Color and their Camp Followers at the Battle of New Orleans. The students demonstrated military drills and weapons and cooked over an open fire during the day, and slept out in historic tents at night. During spring semester 2011, several students prepared multi-media journals featuring first person accounts of their experiences as Camp Followers at the Battle of New Orleans. This wiki shares their stories.

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Free Men of Color and Camp Followers, McMain High School, Army JROTC







Camp Followers Feed the Troops at Battle of New Orleans Anniversary January 8, 2011






Scenes from the Battle of New Orleans Anniversary January 8, 2011