Louisiana Public Broadcasting will air four programs on the War of 1812 and the Battle of New Orleans this week in honor of Thursday’s 200th anniversary of the most famous battle in Louisiana history.
The first program, a documentary called “The War of 1812” will air at 7 p.m. Wednesday. It tells the story of the 2½-year war in which the Americans fought against the British, Canadian colonists and native nations.
At 9 p.m. Wednesday, “The Battle of New Orleans: A Closer Look” is a panel discussion led by Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne about the historic importance of the Battle of New Orleans. It’s followed at 9:30 p.m. by “The Battle of New Orleans: A Meaningful Victory,” produced by WYES in New Orleans.
“Praying for a Miracle: The Catholic Church and the Battle of New Orleans” at 8 p.m. Thursday tells the story of the all-night vigil started on Jan. 7 by the Ursuline Sisters at their chapel on Chartres Street imploring Our Lady of Prompt Succor to give the victory to Gen. Andrew Jackson and troops to save the city of New Orleans from British control. During the night, the Superior, Mother Ste. Marie Olivier de Vezin, promised Our Lady that if Jackson and his men won, a Mass of Thanksgiving would be sung every year in memory of her saving help to the city on that day. Every Jan. 8, a Mass of Thanksgiving is celebrated in honor of Our Lady of Prompt Succor. WLAE-TV, also in New Orleans, produced this documentary.
At 8 p.m. there will be an encore showing of “The Battle of New Orleans: A Meaningful Victory.”
WLPB, Channel 27 is on cable Channel 12 in Baton Rouge and Lafayette.