As you pass by the Presbytere, St. Louis Cathedral, and Cabildo on your right, on your left is the lovely garden area of Jackson Square. Go through the gates and walk the small, flower-bedecked circle.
This was a drill field in 1721. Under the French, it was the Place d'Armes, and the Plaza de Armes under the Spanish.
It became Jackson Square in 1848, and eventually it was crafted into the garden circle we see now.
The statue, the first-ever equestrian statue with more than one hoof unsupported, was done by Clark Mills and put in the square in 1856.