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PREFACE IN the preparation of the following account of the "Battle of New Orleans," I have availed myself of all accessible authorities, and have been placed under obli- gations to Colonel R. T. Durrett, of Louisville, Kentucky. I have had free access to his library, which is the largest private collection in this country, and embraces works upon almost every subject. Besides general histories of the United States and of the individual States, and periodicals, newspapers, and manuscripts, which con- tain valuable information on the battle of New Orleans, his library contains numerous works more specifically devoted to this subject. Among these, to which I have had access, may be mentioned Notices of the War of i8I 2, by John M. Armstrong, two volumes, New York, i840; The Naval History of Great Britain from I783 to i830, by Edward P. Brenton, two volumes, London, i834; History of the Late War, by H. M. Brackenridge, Phila- delphia, i839; An Authentic History of the Second War for Independence, by Samuel R. Brown, two volumes, Auburn, i8I5; History of the Late War by an American