The French Quarter’s Jackson Square is named after Old Hickory — Major General (and later President) Andrew Jackson. Jackson is forever linked to New Orleans because of the 1815 Battle of New Orleans, where American forces defeated the British — even though the War of 1812 had officially ended with the signing of treaty weeks beforehand.
The square is a beautiful piece of ground, close to the Mississippi River and adjacent to St. Louis Cathedral. It features a suitably heroic statue of Old Hickory on horseback.
I’m in New Orleans for a conference. Although I’ve been to other parts of Louisiana, it’s the first time I’ve visited the Crescent City.
I got in this afternoon and took a stroll to get my bearings and get some exercise, besides. While walking past Jackson Square I heard the strains of some New Orleans jazz from a street group called the Jackson Square All-Stars. They were awesome! I was amazed by the quality of the playing and the tightness of the band as they rolled through classics like Little Liza Jane and seemed to have a very good time doing so.
So, I sat for a while, savoring the experience and the sunshine and the great music, and felt like I was an extra in a scene from Treme.