Battle of New Orleans script
Synopsis: The Battle of New Orleans is a long-stalled historical epic recounting events leading up to and during the historic 1815 clash.

FADE IN:

EXT. WASHINGTON D.C. - DUSK

The sun sets as 4,500 BRITISH REDCOATS march onto Washington.

TITLE:
AUGUST 24, 1814

The British soldiers are a sight to behold. Professional,

well-trained, orderly. Several haphazardly-dressed AMERICAN

MILITIA run from the capital, not even bothering to fire back

in defense. The sound of BRITISH WAR DRUMS fills the city.

GENERAL SIR EDWARD PACKENHAM (36) rides forward on his horse.

Handsome and strong, Packenham has earned the respect of his

veteran troops. He comments after the retreating militia --

GENERAL PACKENHAM

Such cowardice! Their bellies are

as yellow as their teeth!

The men cheer. Packenham eyes the surrounding buildings --

THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS, THE CAPITOL, and in the far distance

across a great field, THE WHITE HOUSE...

GENERAL PACKENHAM (CONT’D)

Captain, fire your torches! All

public buildings, we shall burn

them straight to the ground!

EXT. LIBRARY OF CONGRESS - DUSK

The British troops approach lighting TORCHES. Several

LIBRARY WORKERS are pulled out the front of the building.

Around back, the matronly LIBRARIAN OF CONGRESS meets with an

OLD FARMER in the alley. The farmer has a line of PRODUCE

CARTS pulled by a tired donkey.

LIBRARIAN OF CONGRESS

For the Patterson farm in Manassas.

The librarian hands over a STACK OF PAPERS. The farmer

unceremoniously places the stack in a cart full of apples.

And as the farmer covers the cart with a tarp, we see these

aren’t just any old papers -- these are the original copies

of THE CONSTITUTION and the DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE.

The farmer pulls away. The building burns.

2.

INT. THE WHITE HOUSE - HALLWAY - DUSK

A SERVANT uses a LOOKING GLASS to survey the chaos across the

city. The redcoats turn toward the White House.

SERVANT:

Mrs. Madison, we best be leaving!

The servant hightails it down a hall and into -

INT. THE WHITE HOUSE - MEETING ROOM - DUSK

Where FIRST LADY DOLLEY MADISON (46) is supervising a quick

collection of important items from the house.

DOLLEY MADISON:

With care, gentlemen! Let’s keep

it a painting worth our efforts.

Two WORKERS cut out a full-length OIL PAINTING of GEORGE

WASHINGTON from its frame hanging on the wall. Other workers

carry in sacks full of silver and other wares.

SERVANT:

Mrs. Madison, the redcoats.

DOLLEY MADISON:

(to the workers)

Carry everything we can. Who knows

what they’ll see fit to pillage.

VALET:

Dinner’s already been served ma’am.

DOLLEY MADISON:

Then leave it for them. May it be

the last hospitality they receive.

EXT. THE WHITE HOUSE - FRONT DOOR - NIGHT

Packenham watches as the redcoats use a BATTERING RAM to

break down the FRONT DOOR. The British storm the castle.

INT. THE WHITE HOUSE - NIGHT

The redcoats move from room to room, ransacking as they go.

No table is left unturned, no artifact intact.

3.

INT. THE WHITE HOUSE - DINING ROOM - NIGHT

Packenham arrives at the STATE DINING ROOM. He gives pause --

indeed, a full DINNER has been left served on the table.

SOLDIER:

Sir?

The soldiers wait as Packenham tries the soup...

GENERAL PACKENHAM

A fouler meal never tasted so well.

Shame to let it waste.

The soldiers help themselves. Packenham finishes his soup,

revealing a victorious scene from THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION

etched on the bowl bottom. Packenham SMILES at the irony.

EXT. WASHINGTON D.C. - NIGHT

The city is on FIRE. Flames climb high into the sky. The

British abandon the WHITE HOUSE and light the exterior walls.

It’s unlike anything we’ve seen... and it actually happened.

Packenham overlooks the carnage from atop his horse. And as

a BRITISH UNION JACK is raised over the American capital --

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