On Jan. 8, 1815, Gen. Andrew Jackson led American troops to victory in the last major conflict of the War of 1812, two weeks after both nations had signed a peace treaty. Jackson's military success would later propel him to the presidency.
U.S. Forces Victorious in New Orleans
On Dec. 24, 1814, the United States and Britain signed, but did not ratify, the Treaty of Ghent, ending the War of 1812 and restoring pre-war relations. However, because the treaty was signed in present-day Belgium, news of the peace agreement did not reach America for about two weeks.