On Saturday, December 14, the Hancock County Historical Society hosted a re-enactment of the Battle of Bay St. Louis and a lecture on the founding of the City of Bay St. Louis.
Guest speakers from the Hancock County Historical Society recounted the story of how a small fleet of American ships almost stopped a British armada here during the War of 1812. Although it seemed an insignificant skirmish at the time, the Battle of Bay St. Louis and the subsequent Battle of Lake Bourgne delayed the arrival of British vessels in New Orleans, giving Andrew Jackson and his troops the time to prepare for the Battle of Chalmette, the final battle of the war. To learn more, visit the HCHS website.
Also on hand to share some of his knowledge of military history was the distinguished Rear Admiral John A. Okon, Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, Oceanographer and Navigator of the Navy.
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