From the AP Wire, January 4, 2005:
Summary: Battle of New Orleans Was Holiday
Battle of all Battles: The Battle of New Orleans, waged 190 years ago, was the final engagement of the final war with England.
The Victor: Andrew Jackson defeated the British on Jan. 8, 1815; the day became a national holiday after Jackson became president in 1828.
Faded Glory: By 1865, after the Civil War and Jackson's death in 1845, the holiday had faded. Historians argue Americans no longer remember a significant event.