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Thread #9661 Message #3890573
Posted By: GUEST
26-Nov-17 - 07:03 PM
Thread Name: The Battle of New Orleans
Subject: RE: The Battle of New Orleans
"If you or a loved one had been among the relatively few casualties, the "slaughter" would have been, shall we say, significant."
I suppose that would depend upon how far one would wish to distort the accurate definition of the noun, or the verb to slaughter.
Noun used in the context of a battle: "the killing of great numbers of people indiscriminately; carnage: the slaughter of war."
As far as the Battle of New Orleans goes there was no indiscriminate killing of great numbers of people.
Verb used in the context of a battle: "to slay in great numbers; massacre."
As far as the battle of New Orleans goes there was no massacre and the numbers slain were minute compared to the number of troops engaged.
In simple terms, if you had fought at the battle of New Orleans you would have stood a 98% chance of survival. For people of a certain age group with a certain sort of lifestyle you face greater danger of being killed just going out on a Friday or Saturday night in many major cities throughout the world than you would have than if you had fought in the Battle of New Orleans.