Governor William C.C. Claiborne
General William C. C. Claiborne was born in Sussex County, Virginia. Then in 1811, Congress authorized Louisiana to draft a state constitution which was approved in 1812. Within weeks, the U.S. declared war on Great Britain. Claiborne organized the state militia and received information from Jean Lafitte about British plans to invade Louisiana. Claiborne and General Andrew Jackson worked together closely to prepare New Orleans,for British attack. After the Battle of Lake Borgne made Jackson aware of the British-position, he prepared a line of defense on the New Orleans side of the Chalmette Canal where the British were decisively defeated on January 8, 1815. His rank was Brigadier General of the Militia of the Mississippi Territory.
Gov. Claiborne was born in 1775, died in 1817 and is buried in Metairie Cemetery.
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