The Appeal of L. Louaillier, Sen. Against the Charge of High Treason, and Explaining the Transactions at New-Orleans.
Yet another good man in the crosshairs of Andrew Jackson
After Andrew Jackson defeated the British in the Battle of New Orleans in 1815, he continued to enforce martial law on the city, even after the British had ceded the fight. This dismayed Louisiana’s legislature and many New Orleanians. Louisiana Senator Louis Louaillier incurred Jackson’s wrath by demanding that he remove his forces and transfer control to local and state authorities:
“The author, a member of the Louisiana legislature, was charged with mutiny by General Jackson after the Battle of New Orleans in 1815, and later accused of having tried to surrender the city to the British under Packenham. He was imprisoned by Jackson’s order. When he sued out a writ of habeas corpus before Judge Hall, that Judge was likewise seized by Jackson and imprisoned. When District Attorney Dick tried to rescue the Judge, he met a like fate. These high-handed acts plagued Jackson for many years thereafter. This tract is the narrative, written by the man who started the General on his rampage boldly baring the facts of the case and describing the conditions in New Orleans during and immediately after the famous campaign.” (Eberstadt)
Published in 1827 during campaign season, Louaillier’s “Appeal” outlined his shabby treatment by Jackson during the War of 1812 and urged voters to elect John Quincy Adams.
Description: The Appeal of L. Louaillier, Sen. Against the Charge of High Treason, and Explaining the Transactions at New-Orleans.
[New Orleans]: np, 1827. 28pp. First edition. 8vo. Quarter calf, marbled boards; expertly bound to period style. Scattered foxing; very good.
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