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Grave of Maj. Samuel Spotts, USArmy -- Chalmette National Battlefield, Chalmette LA
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Quick Description: The grave of Samuel Spotts U.S. Army at the Chalmette national Battlefield. The Chalmette national cemetery is a few hundred yards away on the other side of the battlefield, but Major Spotts is buried here, near the old plantation house
Location: Louisiana, United States
Date Posted: 2/13/2015 3:27:02 PM
Waymark Code: WMNCF9
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member the federation
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Long Description:
Chalmette National Cemetery was established in 1864, over 30 years after Major Spotts died. He was buried near the battlefield where he famously fired the first shot of the Battle of New Orleans 18 years previously.

Today, the Chalmette National Cemetery stands on the other side of the battlefield, so Major Spott's grave looks out of place.

His marker reads as follows:


Who shot the first gun at the Battle of New Orleans January 8, 1815. Third Regiment Seventh Battery Artillery Corps.
Born November 30, 1788 in Philadelphia PA
Died July 11, 1833 in New Orleans, Louisiana"

When Samuel Spotts fired the first shot at the Battle of New Orleans, he was serving in the 4th US artillery as a regular Army 2nd Lieutenant. He was brevet-promoted to captain on the battlefield. Gen. Andrew Jackson commanded all the US forces at that battle, which was a decisive victory for the United States.

Jackson apparently never forgot the men who served with him.

In 1829, Spott's former commander, who was then President of the United States, nominated Spotts for a promotion to brevet major effective 8 Jan 1825. It's Source: "Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States of America from March 4, 1829 to March 3, 1837, Inclusive, Vol. 4", a free e-book available in the Google Play store, (visit link)

"[page 15]
March 11, 1829
to the Senate of the United States:

I nominate to the Senate the persons following for the appointments respectively attached to their names:

Brevet promotions of officers on war brevets for gallant actions and meritorious conduct:

[list of names, ranks, and units of the officers who served with Jackson at the Battle of New Orleans]

Majors by brevet:
. . .
Samuel Spotts, Captain of the 4th Artillery, to be major by brevet, effective January 8, 1825, having on that day completed ten years faithful service in the grade of brevet captain in the Army.

President of the United States.

. . .

On March 12, 1829 . . . The Senate proceeded by unanimous consent to consider the appointments to brevet promotions in the Army; and
ORDERED that they be referred to a select committee chaired by the vice president."

We found more on Maj. Spotts in another free e-book in the Google Play store, which was published in 1887, which gives more details about the continuing connection between Pres. Jackson and Maj. Spotts. From "A History of Henderson County, Kentucky: Comprising History Of The County And City, Precincts, Education, Churches, Secret Societies, Leading Enterprises, Sketches And Recollections, And Biographies Of The Living And Dead. Illustrated." By Edmund Lyne Starling: (visit link)

"[page 405]

THE FOUNDER (of the city of Spottsville -- BMB)

Maj. Samuel Spotts was a soldier, and spent but little time on his possessions. He entered the Army in 1812 as Second Lieutenant, 14th artillery, and served up to 1829. Served with Gen. Jackson throughout the Seminole and Creek Indian wars, and was brevetted at New Orleans. In 1829 he was appointed by Gen. Jackson a Major, and during the year appointed Assessor of the Port of New Orleans. While in New Orleans, and during the summer of 1833, he died of cholera. During the years 1827 and 1828 he was stationed at Fortress Monroe, and while there obtained a furlough and came west to look at his lands. He spent several summers on Green River with his brother-in-law Robert Scott. Maj. Scott married Harriet, a daughter of Dr. Chetherall, USA, Charleston South Carolina. She died June 10, 1834, and was buried in the Henderson Cemetery."
First Name: Samuel

Last Name: Spotts

Born: 11/30/1788

Died: 7/11/1833

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