January 5, 1815, New Orleans
- The British work on their canal to extend Bayou Villeré to the Mississippi has set-backs as the ground is soggy and the walls collapse. The Americans continue building their breastwork behind the Rodriguez Canal, digging the canal deeper, strengthening the earthen-mud wall. At the center of their line they raise a huge American flag so the British can see it three miles away. Spies on both sides work hard to discover what Gen. Pakenham and Gen. Jackson are up to.
from BATTLE KISS, Part 3, "The Battle of New Orleans" by O'Neil De Noux http://www.amazon.com/Battle-Kiss-New-Orleans/dp/1466499052