Re: Battle of New Orleans
The Treaty of Ghent was signed on December 24, 1814 in Belgium. The Battle of New Orleans was fought on 8 Jan. Given the nature of transatlantic travel in the early 19th century, there is no way either side could have known about the treaty at the time the Battle of New Orleans was fought. After the British lost in New Orleans they attacked and captured Fort Bower in preparation for an attack on Mobile, Alabama. The British did not find out about the treaty until 13 Feb after which they withdrew.
While I would not argue that his political ideology was without merit, I am really not a fan of Andrew Jackson the man. I think the political symbol of the jackass which supposedly originated because of Jackson's behavior is quite appropriate. However, even with my bias against him I cannot find any reason to criticize his military career generally or the Battle of New Orleans specifically.