Pakenham was born at Pakenham Hall (present-day Tullynally Castle) in County Westmeath, Ireland, to Edward Pakenham, 2nd Baron Longford, and his wife Catherine Rowley. He was educated at The Royal School, Armagh. His family purchased his commission as a lieutenant in the 92nd Regiment of Foot when he was only sixteen
Sir Edward Michael Pakenham was a promising young general who might have been a hero of the Napoleonic Wars if he hadn’t been killed in action, leading his countrymen in their attempt to invade New Orleans in 1815. Pakenham was born into a life of priveledge as an Irish aristocrat.
Edward Pakenham. Title Major General. War & Affiliation War of 1812 / British. Date of Birth - Death March 19, 1778 - January 8, 1815. Pakenham was an Anglo-Irish career officer in the British Army. Commissioned as a Lieutenant in the 92nd Regiment of Foot he first saw action during the Irish Rebellion of 1798 and in the Caribbean.
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Edward Michael Pakenham, British army officer, military figure in the WAR OF 1812(b County Westmeath, Ireland, 19 Mar 1778; d near New Orleans, Louisiana, 8 Jan 1815). On 28 May 1794, at age 16, Edward Pakenham became a lieutenant in the 92nd Foot. A few days later he was made captain, and on 6 December he became a major in the 33rd Light Dragoons. He served in Ireland during the uprising of 1798, and in 1799 he was appointed lieutenant-colonel of the 64th Foot. Pakenham went to the West Indies in 1801, and was later wounded during the capture of St Lucia in June 1803. In 1805, Pakenham became a lieutenant colonel and joined the 1st Battalion of the 7th Royal Fusiliers. He commanded the battalion at Copenhagen in 1807 and took it to Nova Scotia in 1808. Pakenham served with Sir George PREVOST in St Lucia and Nova Scotia before taking part in the NAPOLEONIC WARS.
Pakenham was not interested in serving in the North American war, but in October 1814 he was selected to take command of the NEW ORLEANS expedition following the death of the original commander, Major General Robert ROSS, at BALTIMORE. The British goal was to gain command of the entrance to the Mississippi River and to challenge the legality of the Louisiana Purchase. Pakenham's task was complicated by his force being scattered between England and North America. He hoped to arrive at the rendezvous at Jamaica before the troops had gone ashore. This was not to be. Adverse winds delayed Pakenham's arrival until mid-December, and a 5000-man brigade under Major General John KEANE and the fleet under Vice Admiral Alexander COCHRANEhad departed for New Orleans about two weeks earlier. Pakenham reached the army on Christmas Day, when it was only 14 kilometres from New Orleans, and he reorganized his command into several brigades. On the 28th, he sent a reconnaissance in strength to probe t...
On the morning of 8 January, Pakenham learned that Thornton's force had been delayed in crossing the river. A much smaller force than originally planned was eventually ferried across the river, landing well below the intended landing site but succeeding in taking the guns. Pakenham meanwhile continued with the attack. The American skirmishers were quickly forced back and the British then came under heavy fire from Jackson's guns. When Pakenham moved forward to encourage the troops, he fell, mortally wounded. Gibbs and Keane were also wounded, along with many other officers. Lambert took over and although portions of the American line had been breached, he called off the action. The British withdrew, re-embarked on the flotilla and moved into the Gulf of Mexico. The war ended in February. Pakenham's body was returned to England and buried in the family vault in Killucan, Westmeath, Ireland.
Edward Arthur Henry Pakenham, 6th Earl of Longford (29 December 1902 – 4 February 1961) was an Irish peer, politician, and littérateur.Also known as Eamon de Longphort, he was a member of the fifth Seanad Éireann, the upper house of the Irish Parliament, in the 1940s.
Sir Edward Michael Pakenham (19 March 1778 – 8 January 1815), styled The Honourable from his birth until 1813, was a British politician and major general who was killed at the Battle of New Orleans. While Major General Edward Pakenham was scheduled to command the British army in Louisiana in December, 1814, the British attack began on December 23, 1814, two days before Pakenham's arrival ...
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Edward Pakenham. Died 1798. He was the son of Edward Pakenham and Elizabeth Weller, and the brother of Vice-Admiral John Pakenham. His grandfather was Rear-Admiral John Weller. Pakenham was promoted lieutenant with seniority from 17 July 1777, and in 1778 commissioned the American merchant vessel Viper as a 10-gun schooner.