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|Call Number:||MSS 555|
|Title:||Arsène Lacarrière Latour Archive|
Latour, Arsène Lacarrière, 1778-1837
|Date of Creation:||1814-1817|
Arsène Lacarrière Latour (1778-1837) was a French-born engineer, soldier and historian. He was the author of "Historical Memoirs of the War in West Florida and Louisiana," published in 1816.
|Scope and content:||
Major Arsène Lacarrière Latour served as Andrew Jackson's chief military engineer during the Battle of New Orleans. Soon after the crisis, Latour wrote his Historical Memoir of the War in West Florida and Louisiana in 1814-1815, published in Philadelphia in 1816. Rather than base his history on secondary sources, Latour interviewed his fellow officers, sometimes via mailed questionaires, and sought documentation from other sources, including Secretary of State James Monroe. Latour's papers include portions of his original manuscript, with Latour's own annotations, as well as material that may have been received too late to be included in his book. Also included are letters and documents pertaining to the Battle of New Orleans, as well as the process of writing the book and the initial response of readers. Of particular interest are the copy letters of James Monroe to the governors of Kentucky, Georgia, and Tennessee, and correspondence pertaining to General David B. Morgan's command on the West Bank of the Mississippi River.
The Latour archive is divided into nine series, with thematic groupings of documents.
Microfilm copy is available; use in place of original.
Arsène Lacarrière Latour Archive, Mss 555, Williams Research Center, The Historic New Orleans Collection.
Unpublished finding guide is available in the Williams Research Center Reading Room. See MSS Finding Guide binders.
Item-level PDF finding aid is available online.
Researchers are asked to use the microfilm copy.
Researchers may be limited to consulting one or two items at a time, per the discretion of the Reading Room staff.
Reproduction of original documents, when permitted, must be performed by the Williams Research Center staff.
Please provide the reference staff with the manuscript call number and folder number.
Battle of New Orleans
Politics, Government and Law
War of 1812, 1812-1815
Blount, Willie, 1768-1835
Monroe, James, 1758-1831
Claiborne, William Charles Cole, 1775-1817
Morgan, David Bannister, 1773-1848
Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845
Laffite, Jean, ca. 1780-1826
Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826
Livingston, Edward, 1764-1836
Latrobe, Benjamin Henry, 1764-1820
Adair, John, 1757-1840
Villeré, Jacques Philippe, 1761-1830
New Orleans (La.)
Lake Borgne (La.)
New Orleans, Battle of, New Orleans, La., 1815
|Related Manuscripts & Collections:||
Arsène Lacarrière Latour Letter, 10 April 1815
James Monroe Letter to Willie Blount MSS 17
The William C. Cook War of 1812 in the South Collection MSS 557
Edward Nicholls and William H. Percy Letters MSS 196
|Related Artwork & Artifacts:||
Map Showing the Landing of the British Army
Plan of the Attack made by Major Gen. Jackson on a Division of the British Army commanded by Major Gen. J. Keane, on the 23rd December 1814... 1971.97 a,b
Sketch of the Position of the British and American Forces, during the Operations against New Orleans from 23d. Decr. 1814 to 18th. Jany. 1815 1971.98
Plan Shewing the Attack made by a British Squadron on Fort Bowyer at Mobile Point on the 15, Septr. 1814 1979.238.1
|Related Bibliographic Items:||
Historical memoir of the war in West Florida and Louisiana in 1814-15 : with an atlas / by Major A. Lacarrière Latour ... written originally in French, and translated for the author, by H.P. Nugent ...
|Lower Level Records:||
Appointment of Latour as Principal Engineer with accompanying letter by Thomas Butler,
MSS 555.2; Letter from H. Chotard to Latour, authorizing him to raise a company of artillery in New Orleans, Item Level.
MSS 555.3; Testimony of Lefebvre concerning the fortification of Camp Jourdan, Item Level.
MSS 555.4; Letter from H. Chotard to Latour, ending his appointment as principal engineer, with a note by Andrew Jackson, Item Level.
MSS 555.5; Manuscript fragment of Latour's Historical Memoir, with annotations written by Latour, Item Level.
MSS 555.6; Manuscript fragment of Latour's Historical Memoir, with annotations written by Latour, Item Level.
MSS 555.7; Manuscript fragment from Latour's Historical Memoir, Item Level.
MSS 555.8; Manuscript containing troop information under General Morgan, Item Level.
MSS 555.9; Manuscript narrative concerning the army under General Morgan at English Turn, Item Level.
MSS 555.10; Letter from John Adair to Latour concerning a drawing of troop positions, Item Level.
MSS 555.11; Manuscript notes regarding Kentucky troops at the Battle of New Orleans, Item Level.
MSS 555.12; Certified copy of an Abstract of the Several Returns of the 1st & 2nd Division of Militia of the State of Louisiana, Item Level.
MSS 555.13; Duplicate certified copy of an Abstract of the Several Returns of the 1st & 2nd Division of Militia of the State of Louisiana, Item Level.
MSS 555.14; A report of the strength of the different corps of militia of the State of Louisiana, at Camp Morgan, Item Level.
MSS 555.15; Manuscript copy correspondence from letterbooks obtained by Latour., Item Level.
MSS 555.16; Manuscript copy correspondence from James Monroe, Secretary of War, to Willie Blount, Governor of Tennessee, Item Level.
MSS 555.17; Manuscript copy correspondence from James Monroe, Secretary of War, to the governors of Kentucky and Georgia, Item Level.
MSS 555.18; Letter from Major Charles Tessier to Latour concerning events on the West Bank during January 7 and 8, 1815, Item Level.
MSS 555.19; Letter from Andrew Jackson to Major Latour, Item Level.
MSS 555.20; Letter from A.R. Elleny to Mr. Lacarrière Latour, Item Level.
MSS 555.21; Letter from Paul Arnaud to Latour concerning actions on the West Bank, Item Level.
MSS 555.22; Letter to Captain Morton of the Ordnance, Item Level.
MSS 555.23; Letter from a correspondent in Paris to Latour regarding the publication of Latour's Historical Memoir, Item Level.
MSS 555.24; Letter from Thomas Jefferson to Major Carriere La Tour, Item Level.
MSS 555.25; Letter from Edward Livingston to General Mason, Item Level.
MSS 555.26; Letter from William Priestly to Latour., Item Level.
MSS 555.27; Letter from Peter S. Du Ponceau to Latour., Item Level.
MSS 555.28; Letter from James Workman to Latour., Item Level.
MSS 555.29; Letter from Latour to Edward Livingston., Item Level.
MSS 555.30; Invoice for costs associated with advertising Latour's Historical Memoir., Item Level.
MSS 555.31; Letter from D. E. Williams to Latour., Item Level.
MSS 555.32; Copy of a letter from General Jackson to General Morgan., Item Level.
MSS 555.33; Draft letter from Latour to General Jackson., Item Level.
MSS 555.34; Copy of a letter from John Adair to Andrew Jackson., Item Level.
MSS 555.35; Copy of a letter from Andrew Jackson to General Adair in response to Adair's March 20 letter., Item Level.
MSS 555.36; Document outlining Andrew Jackson's orders to the Quarter Master General, Item Level.
MSS 555.37; Copy of a letter from Jean Laffite to Capt. Lockyer of the Brig Sophia., Item Level.
MSS 555.38; Copy of a letter from Jean Laffite to Jean Blanque., Item Level.
MSS 555.39; Copy of letter from Pierre Lafitte to Mr. Blanque, Item Level.
MSS 555.40; Copy of a declaration by Jean Blanque regarding Jean Laffite, Item Level.
MSS 555.41; Manuscript account of Laffite's encounter with the English Brig Sophia, written by Latour, Item Level.
MSS 555.42; Manuscript with declaration by W. C. C. Claiborne concerning actions of Jean Lafitte in his encounter with the English Brig Sophia, Item Level.
MSS 555.43; Copies of correspondence of Thomas Shields and Robert Morrell with Capt. Boroden of the Ship Gorgon and Vice Admiral Cochrane, Item Level.
MSS 555.44; Shields and Morrell report to Master Commandant Daniel Patterson, Item Level.
MSS 555.45; Copy of a letter from Daniel T. Patterson to Adm. Alexander Cochrane, with commentary by Cochrane., Item Level.
MSS 555.46; Manuscript copy of testimony in the court of inquiry concerning the Louisiana and Kentucky militias on the West Bank of the Mississippi, January 8, 1815., Item Level.
MSS 555.47; Fragment of a copy of testimony made by several participants in the battle on the West Bank, January 8, 1815., Item Level.
MSS 555.48; Inventory of reference books to be sold by Latour., Item Level.
MSS 555.49; News clippings in French and English of the L'Ami Des Lois/ Orleans column concerning Major Gabriel Villeré's court martial., Item Level.
MSS 555.50; Letter from Holstein to Latour., Item Level.
MSS 555.51; Letter from Latour to Peter Baudry(?) of London., Item Level.