New Orleans Honors General Humbert [fr]
January 8, 2015, New Orleans honored the memory of General Amable Humbert during a moving ceremony organized in celebration of the Bicentennial of the Battle of Chalmette (January 8, 1815). During this battle, commanded by General Andrew Jackson, hundreds of American volunteers and Louisiana Creoles, greatly outnumbered by the British troops, faced the British in their final attempt to conquer the United States.
General Humbert, a veteran of Napoleon Bonaparte’s Grand Army, and who led the French expedition to liberate Ireland in 1798, took part in this decisive battle. A commemorative plaque was unveiled in his honor at the Cemetery of Saint Louis by the Consul General of France, Gregor Trumel, and the Honorary Consul of Ireland in Louisiana, Judge James F. McKay, in the presence of many participants and onlookers.
Members of the Association of the Third Battalion of the “Chasseurs des Montagnes”, dressed for the occassion in magnificent military uniforms from the era, organized the moving and reverent ceremony to commemorate the achievements of this great Frenchman. General Humbert is a legend in Ireland and in Louisiana, and his life was truly full of adventure.
French, American, and Irish locals gathered to celebrate the event that evening at “Irish House. The crowd sang “La Marsaillaise” and enjoyed an evening of mutual respect and camaraderie appropriate for the occasion.