As a long time aide to Andrew Jackson, Major John Reid knew how easily Jackson's temper could erupt. He often took cover when Jackson directed his temper at another party.
Reid remained by Jackson's side during the New Orleans campaign. He rode out with Jackson on December 23, 1814 during Jackson's initial attack on the British bivoaced south of the city. While Jackson's plan was too ambitious to succeed, the attack did its intended purpose: to halt the British advance long enough for the Americans to fortify.