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Jackson's Bodyguard: Lawyers Who Fought in the Battle of New Orleans: Waggaman

Heading title: George Augustus Waggaman

Portrait of George Augustus Waggaman.• Born in Maryland

• Studied law and was admitted to the bar in Caroline County, Maryland, 1811

• Admitted to practice before the Louisiana Supreme Court, July 1, 1813

• Private, Captain Peter V. Ogden’s Company of Orleans Dragoons, Battle of New Orleans, 1814-1815

Avondale-Waggaman city naming plaque.• Married Marie Camille Arnoult, whose family owned sugar plantation Tchoupitoulas, 1818

• Louisiana Secretary of State, 1830–1832

• In 1831, Waggaman defeated Henry Carleton in the election for U.S. Senator from Louisiana. Senator Edward Livingston had resigned his seat to serve as President Andrew Jackson’s Secretary of State. Livingston’s brother-in-law, Henry Carleton, the Jacksonian candidate, lost to Waggaman, a National Republican. An Ohio newspaper noted that Jackson, “the Hero sustained a civil defeat on the very field of his military glory!” He served as United States Senator from Louisiana, 1831–1835

• Louisiana State Senator, Jefferson Parish, 1840–1843

Newspaper article clipping of the duel.• Senator Waggaman died in New Orleans on March 23, 1843, after receiving fatal injuries in a duel fought with Denis Prieur, a former Mayor of New Orleans and a veteran of the Battle of New Orleans. Prieur was head of the Democratic Party and a supporter of President Andrew Jackson. Waggaman was a Whig. Though initial reports in newspapers indicated the wound was not serious, he eventually had to have his leg amputated - but even that did not stop his death from coming, less than 2 weeks after the duel. The fatal duel between Waggaman and Denis Prieur took place
near Cypress Grove cemetery, located at City Park Avenue and Canal Street.

Lithograph of Cypress Grove Cemetery.• Daughter Isabelle Mathilde (c. 1828-1899) married Hon. Henry D. Ogden, Fifth Judicial District Court, son of Captain Peter V. Ogden, October 18, 1847

• Son Eugene (1826-1897) served as colonel of the 10th Regiment, Louisiana Infantry, Confederate Army, during the Civil War and
surrendered the Louisiana troops at Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia, on April 9, 1865

• Waggaman, Louisiana, located in Jefferson Parish, is named for him

• Avondale, Louisiana, located in Jefferson Parish, is named for his plantation

Top left image: Courtesy of U.S. Senate Historical Office.

Top right image: Courtesy of Jefferson Historical Society of Louisiana.

Bottom left image: The Times-Picayune, published as The Daily Picayune, March 11, 1843.

Bottom right image: Norman, Benjamin M. Norman’s New Orleans and Environs. New Orleans 1845: 105.