General Jackson standing center foreground with hat in proper left hand, sword drawn to his left in his proper right hand. White horses to his right.
The most important victory of the War of 1812 was that of General Andrew Jackson in New Orleans in January of 1815. A cease-fire settlement had been reached, but news of the agreement had not yet reached New Orleans and a battle ensued. Although British troops were superior, Americans once again defeated the enemy, asserting their resolve and confirming the United States as a strong new world power. The portrait was based on earlier European images of nobility and General Jackson is shown in full uniform, sword in hand, with the battle taking place behind him.