My g.g.g.grandmother Sarah (Womack) Blanton's nephew Michael Womack, was a sharpshooter in Brig. Gen. John Coffee's Tennessee and Kentucky Volunteers at the Battle of New Orleans. Michael Womack was one of two sharpshooters who killed General Sir Edward Pakenham on the field at Chalmette, The Battle of new Orleans.
On January 8, 1815 at the Battle of New Orleans Pvt. Michael Womack and Lt. Ephriam McLean Brank were the two marksmen who shot and killed General Sir Edward Pakneham as he was leading his British troops. The first shot hit Gen. Pakenham in the leg and a few seconds later, a second shot mortally wounded Gen. Pakenham in his side. Lt. Brank fired from the breastworks at the Rodriguez Canal and Pvt. Womack fired from the woods and the marksmen were several hundred yards apart. It is unknown who fired the fatal shot. However even a leg wound could have been fatal in 1815. The death of three more British general officers on the battlefield contributed to Gen. Andrew Jackson's defeat of the British at the Battle of new Orleans more than anything else.
Battle of New Orleans (Chalmatte National Historical Battlefield):
Pvt. Michael Womack was in Capt. John Barrett's West Tennessee Militia.
Lt. Ephriam McLean Brank was in Lt. Col. William Mitchusson's Kentucky Detached Militia.
Michael Womack (1794-1861) was born in Virginia and died in Nashville, Arkansas.
Lt. Ephiriam McLean Brank (c.1730-1823) was born in Scotland and died in Greenville, Kentucky.
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