70+ Battle of New Orleans Trivia Questions and Answers

The Battle of New Orleans was a series of battles fought during the War of 1812. It is generally considered the final battle of 1812. The United States and Britain signed a treaty, in Belgium on December 24, 1814, marking an end to the War of 1812.

Would you believe that the militiamen expected ammunitions to be handed out in New Orleans, with only one-third of them carrying their own guns?

Battle of New Orleans Trivia Questions and Answers

New Orleans is widely known as the birthplace of Jazz music. When people visit the place they are bound to hear slow, relaxing music being played at the bars and in the streets.

Great battles influence fine art, but artists rarely heed historical accuracy. Some paintings that were made to celebrate Jackson’s rout show the Scottish troops in Britain’s 93rd Highland Regiment donned in fashionable kilts in combats.

Quiz yourself with this trivia to help you broadly understand the battle of New Orleans.


1. Where did the Battle of New Orleans actually take place?

The Plains of Chalmette


2. The Battle of New Orleans was the last major military conflict of which war?

War of 1812


3. What was significant about Fort Mims?


4. The unique history and culture of the city make it a common setting for movies, as well as a frequent location for cinema production. Which of the following notable movies was NOT set nor filmed in New Orleans?

Gone with the Wind


5. What originally was Jackson’s mission in the south?

To avenge the Ft. Mims massacre


6. The famous stadium in New Orleans carries which name?



7. What was horseshoe bend?

A heavily wooded penisula, almost completely enclosed by the Tallapoosa RV where Jackson’s troops captured the Red Sticks breast work and killed them.


8. While known internationally for this holiday, not many know the meaning of its name. What does the French term “Mardi Gras” mean in English?

Fat Tuesday


9. What events took place at Pensacola Fl, and Mobile Al?

Jackson sent 160 soldiers to repair & defend the fort at Mobile, later defended against British forces resulting in destruction of the Hermes. Brits withdrew to Pensacola & refused to surrender.


10. The French Quarter features a small park named Jackson Square, which bears a monument of this namesake. Who is this Jackson for whom Jackson Square is named?


11. Who was Edward Pakenham?

Lt. of the British fort, given command after General Ross was killed in Baltimore.


12. Who were the Lafitte brothers?

Pirates that preyed on Spanish and English ships in the Caribbean, controlled smuggling center of the Caribbean about 40 miles south of New Orleans.


13. Which country ruled New Orleans when most of its French Quarter was developed?



14. Describe the British invasion force launch from Plymouth.

Launched an armada of 60 ships carrying several thousand troop and guns under control of Major General Keane, who replaced General Ross.


15. New Orleans is regarded to be the “birthplace” of which musical medium?



16. Who were the hellish banditti?



17. While most people have heard of gumbo (if not enjoyed a bowl of it), not many know of the word’s origin. From which international region does the name originate?

West Africa


18. Where did Jackson and Lafitte Brothers meet face to face?

The corner of St. Phillip and Royal streets.


19. New Orleans can claim partial credit for the success of the Allied Forces in World War II. Successful invasion of Normandy on “D-Day” is attributed to the particular watercraft that brought troops onshore for that battle, for example, and these unique boats were actually developed and manufactured on the south shore of Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans. What was the name of this particular watercraft?

Higgins Boat


20. Why did Jackson declare martial law?

He declared the law to show discipline to prevent chaos.


21. Did Jackson make use of any warships? Which ones? How did he use them?

The Louisiana and the Carolina; he ordered the armed vessels to go down to the Mississippi River opposite the British encampment.


22. In what decade did European explorers first visit the mouth of the Mississippi River?



23. Andrew Jackson received his historic nickname, Old Hickory after he allotted his personal horses and carriage to the use of soldiers suffering from disease as they returned to Nashville from Natchez in 1813. What additional nickname did he acquire during the War of 1812?

Sharp Knife


24. What is significant about Villiere’s plantation?

British landed there, captured General Villere, but he escaped to warn Jackson that the British were there.


25. Once they discovered the area, how long did it take the French to establish their first colony?

Nearly 20 years


26. American involvement in the Creek War was an integral part of the War of 1812. Some historians even say it was the making of Tennessee. Which of the following symbols did Tennessee adopt as a result of the Militia’s actions under Jackson’s generalship?

The Volunteer State


27. Why was the Rodriguez Canal important to Jackson’s army?

It provided the narrowest front to defend and made an excellent barrier to defend against and advancing enemy.


28. Which Native chiefs fought with Jackson at New Orleans?

Pushmataha, Choctaw


29. Describe the initial artillery exchange between the Americans and the British?


30. When was the city of New Orleans founded?



31. Of the many challenges to the defense of New Orleans, which was, surprisingly, not a problem?

Dealing with the lawless pirates of the region.


32. What event destroyed much of the city in 1722?



33. Did Jackson establish a battlefield headquarters? If so, where?


34. On January 8, 1815, General Andrew Jackson’s army defeated the British Army in a victory of near-epic proportions. One key strategy to assuring American victory was to ensure that the British could not do which of the following?

Flank the American army


35. During the Battle of New Orleans, how many American soldiers confronted the British force of 15,000?

About 5,000


36. Why did the French cede control of New Orleans to the Spanish?

To pay a debt


37. In 1979, why was the National Guard called into the city during Mardi Gras?

To take control of law enforcement


38. What was the population of New Orleans in 2000?

About 480,000


39. Who were the “Kaintucks,” a group that became well-known in New Orleans in the late 1700s?



40. New Orleans was named after what or whom?

A French regent


41. On January 8, 1815, General Andrew Jackson’s army defeated the British Army in a victory of near-epic proportions. One key strategy to assuring American victory was to ensure that the British could not do which of the following?

Flank the American army


42. When was the first Mardi Gras parade celebrated?



43. What crop was important to the very first settlers of New Orleans?



44. How many teachers were there when the city’s public school system began in 1841?



45. In what year did the United States purchase the city, along with much of the land around it?



46. Why were French leaders indifferent to giving up New Orleans to Spain in 1763?

The port wasn’t profitable.


47. How much did the U.S. pay France for the Louisiana Purchase?

$15 million


48. Beginning in 1992, what did the city council require of the Mardi Gras “krewes,” the bands of revelers that participate in festivities?

Must be racially integrated


49. The Cajun ethnic group is made up of which people?


50. In which year did Hurricane Betsy devastate parts of New Orleans?



51. Who was Ernest N. Morial?

A mayor


52. What National Historic Park in New Orleans has the oldest collection of oak trees in the country?

City Park


53. In what year did the local government take control of local dock facilities?



54. What street in the French Quarter is a popular tourist attraction famous for its nightlife, lined with bars, cabarets, and restaurants?

Bourbon Street


55. How many canal breaches occurred in the city during Hurricane Katrina in 2005?



56. Caf? du Monde in the French Quarter is famous for serving pastry dusted with powdered sugar?



57. Which crop was vitally important to New Orleans in the 1800s?



58. What famous cathedral is located in the Place John II neighborhood of the historic French Quarter?

St. Louis Cathedral


59. Whites accounted for what percentage of the city’s population in 1960?

About 66%


60. The first European settlers in New Orleans were from what country?



61. How many people died in the 1853 yellow fever epidemic?



62. What hurricane struck New Orleans in 2005, displacing a million people and killing almost 1,800?

Hurricane Katrina


63. How much of the city was flooded by Hurricane Katrina?

About 80%


64. What building in New Orleans is the World’s largest steel-constructed room unobstructed by poles?

The Superdome


65. Why is New Orleans known as the “birthplace of jazz”?

It was first place jazz music was played.


66. What was “Storyville?”

A red-light district


67. The practice of forcing captured sailors to serve in British naval crews was called what?



68. What day comes after Mardi Gras?


69. Which US ship was illegally attacked, detained, and boarded by a British ship in 1807, causing a major scandal?



70. What famous father and son were each crowned King Bacchus at New Orleans Mardi Gras?

Alan Thicke and Robin Thicke


71. What is it called when a state evokes the principle of States’ Rights and leaves the Union?


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