f Rodriguez's Canal, from the Mississippi back to an impassable swamp 2 miles away, the British were as busy too. They worked day and night in the erection of a heavy battery that should command the armed schooner Carolina, and on the morning of Dec. 27 they opened a heavy fire upon her from several 12 and 18 pounders They also hurled shot at her, which set her on fire, when her crew abandoned her, and she blew up. The schooner Louisiana, Lieutenant Thompson, had come down from the city to aidtrong, to move forward and storm the American intrenchments.
It was arranged in two columns— one commanded by General Keane; the other ed by General Gibbs, a good soldier, who came with Pakenham, and was his second in command.
Towards evening (Dec. 27) they moved forward, and encamped on the plantations of Bienvenu and Chalmette, within a few hundred yards of Jackson's intrenchments.
Then they began the construction of batteries near the river, but were continually annoyed by Hinds's trooper