Louisiana Institute of Higher Education
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The Battle of New Orleans – and the larger War of 1812 – was greatly influenced by the complex interplay between the United States, the city of New Orleans and the European powers of Great Britain, France and Spain. Samantha Cavell will discuss the Battle from the perspective of France and will detail the interests, outside events and individuals (especially Napoleon) that all came together to create a war which upset the geopolitical balance on both sides of the Atlantic.
Sam is the Assistant Professor of Military History at Southeastern Louisiana University. She received her PhD in naval and maritime history from the University of Exeter in the UK and has been a regular guest lecturer at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich in the UK, Oxford University, and the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. Her publications include Midshipmen and Quarterdeck Boys in the British Navy, chapter contributions to The Battle of New Orleans Reconsidered, Yankees in Nelson’s Navy, US Naval Academy History Review, and Nelson in WWII Propaganda. Sam is a member of the Historian General’s Committee of the Naval Order of the United States and is currently working on a book about Admiral Sir Alexander Cochrane RN and his campaigns from Bladensburg to New Orleans in the War of 1812.