Battle of Bay St. Louis anniversary

It’s almost been 205 years since the Battle of Bay St. Louis.

That’s when officials in New Orleans received warnings from Pensacola that British warships were closing in on the area.

The commander dispatched a fleet to the passes Mariana and Christiana to watch British action in the Mississippi Sound. The Battle of Bay St. Louis and Battle of Lake Borgne delayed the British fleet from arriving in New Orleans for the Battle of 1812.

That gave Andrew Jackson and his forces time to prepare at the Chalmette Battlefield for the final battle in the War of 1812.

A special event bringing that battle to life will take place on Saturday. You can expect to see reenactors in costumes, a keynote speaker from Stennis Space Center, and even pirates firing cannons. Albert Ghergich with the Mystic Krewe of Seahorse said, “It’s a great family event because the kids are going to learn history. They will learn the significance of what happened here in the Bay. Not only that but they are going to be able to see pirates and be able to interact with pirates and children love pirates. They are going to see cannons going off and then after they are done with that they can tour the town of Bay St. Louis.”

The Mystic Krewe of Seahorse will be commemorating the event. The group will also be celebrating the 320th anniversary of the French settlement in the Bay St. Louis area.

The event is free and everyone is encouraged to attend. It will kick off at 2 p.m. and go until 4 p.m.

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