Re: Battle of New Orleans ~ Humbert
- I am always surprised by the comment that Wellington was only
saved by the fortunate intervention of the Prussians. I have
always thought that the plan was for the Prussians to join him
at Waterloo and that they would have arrived earlier if the
Prussian Chief of Staff hadn't moved the First Corps through
the other two Corps on the way to Waterloo. Wellington was
using the "tactic" of "hold until relieved" and it worked.
As for the era being called the "Napoleonic era", a friend of
mine likes to say that Wellington won the battle but Napoleon
got the marketing rights. For those who have never been to
Waterloo, it is apparent from the local emphasis that this is
I don't have as far to go as many of you, and just moved 450 miles closer to New Orleans, so it only takes me 6.5 hours to drive there now. I will say start making reservations now, and I am planning it to be the event of a lifetime. The warm weather was mentioned, but come prepared for anything because it could also be below freezing during the day as it was in 2010. This year was on the warm side, but that is not always the case.
Chris Kimball in Florida