President Tim Ernst introduced guest speaker Howard Jones, who is a veteran of the US Marine Corps, and a graduate of the University of Oregon. He retired as an entrepreneur in the battery industry. Howard served as a Commissioner on San Mateo County’s Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo). He was Commander General (2014-16) of the Military Order of the Stars & Bars (MOS&B); the founder of the California Society, MOS&B; the former President of the Silicon Valley Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution; and President of the Peninsula Civil War Round Table. Howard is proud of both his American heritage and his Southern heritage. He is distantly related to George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Robert E. Lee, J.E.B. Stuart, and Nathan Bedford Forrest.
Howard Jones spoke on “Jean Laffite and the Battle of New Orleans,” which took place in 1814-1815 at the conclusion of the War of 1812. Technically, the War of 1812 was already over because a treaty had been signed by Britain and the United States. However, the treaty had yet to be ratified by Britain or by the US senate, and history would have been significantly altered if Britain had won this battle.