Louisiana Institute of Higher Education
This presentation reviews the entire military career of Jacques Philippe Villeré, culminating in his role during the Battle of New Orleans. Having served in the French Army, then under the Spanish flag, and finally as commander of the 1st Division of the Louisiana Militia, Villeré's life as a soldier reads like a miniature encapsulation of Louisiana history. Leading up to the Battle, his responsibilities included the recruitment and organization of the Louisiana militia. With extensive knowledge of the area below New Orleans between the river and the lakes, Villeré also served as an important advisor to General Jackson. During the Battle, he held the second line of defense, commanding several hundred Louisiana militiamen positioned behind the Piernas Canal and along Bayou Dupré. In short, this presentation provides an overview of his official duties and the types of decisions he made, along with biographical and historical context, to help elucidate his role in the Battle of New Orleans.
Shane Lief was born and raised in New Orleans. He holds master’s degrees in Linguistics and Musicology and is currently a PhD Candidate in Linguistics at Tulane University. In addition to writing several articles on the history of languages and musical traditions in New Orleans, he is co-author of the book Jockomo: Three Hundred Years of Indians at Mardi Gras, which will be published later this year by University Press of Mississippi. Over the past decade, he has presented papers at the annual meetings of the American Musicological Society, the American Anthropological Association, the Society for German-American Studies, and the Louisiana Historical Association. The most recent Linguistics course he designed and taught at Tulane was “The Evolution of English in Louisiana.”