Brigadier General Sherb Sentell from Minden, La. represented the United States Army Reserve at a wreath laying ceremony on Saturday, January 8, 2022 at the Chalmette Battlefield just outside of New Orleans. Brigadier Sentell is the Deputy Commanding General of the 377th Theater Sustainment Command (TSC), which is commanded by Major General Susan Henderson. The 377th TSC which is headquartered in New Orleans is the largest two-star military unit in the United States having over 31,000 personnel.
The battle of New Orleans took place on January 8, 1815 about 5 miles outside of the French Quarter in Chalmette. Major General Andrew Jackson’s army along with a very diverse group of attachments, which included pirate Jean Lafitte’s experienced gunners soundly defeated a much larger British army. In the bloody Battle of New Orleans, future President Andrew Jackson and a motley assortment of militia fighters, frontiersmen, black soldiers both enslaved and free, Indians and even pirates weathered a frontal assault by a superior British force, inflicting devastating casualties along the way. The Battle of New Orleans is considered by many to be the greatest land victory of the War of 1812 and launched Andrew Jackson to the Presidency in 1828. The Americans suffered only about 70 casualties compared to the British who suffered over 2,000.