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Battle of New Orleans

New Orleans was the largest city in the Confederacy, but it had few troops in and around the city for protection. This was left to two forts--Jackson and St. Philip, located on either side of the Mississippi River below the city. Captain David Farragut assembled a large fleet of ships and mortar rafts and put the forts under intense fire. On April 24th, he decided to run the gauntlet and sailed his fleet past the forts. Once beyond the forts, there was little left to protect New Orleans.

Farragut arrived at New Orleans the next day and demanded its surrender. What troops had been in the city had left, but the city government and citizens tried to hold out. However, on April 29th, Farragut was able to raise the stars and stripes over the customs house and remove the Louisiana flag from city hall. The city was completely secured when General Butler's army arrived on May 1st, and New Orleans was thenceforth under Union control.

Battle of New Orleans
"Com. Farragut's Fleet, Passing the Forts on the Mississippi, April 24th. 1862. The U.S. Frigate Mississippi destroying the rebel Ram Manassas." New York: Currier & Ives, 1862. Lithograph. Original hand color. 7 3/4 x 12 1/2. Wide margins. C: 1214.

Probably one of the most dramatic prints showing this important Union victory. The shelling of the two Confederate forts is shown with bright, original color. The many ships of Farragut's fleet are depicted, with the chaos and action of the battle well illustrated. $650



Demand for surrender of New Orleans
Prints from Samuel M. Schmucker's The History of the Civil War in the United States. Philadelphia: Jones Bros. & Co. and Chicago: Zeigler, McCurdy & Co, 1865, On sheets 6 1/2 x 9 3/4. Very good condition.



Capture of Forts Jackson and St Phillip
C. Parsons. "Capture of Forts Jackson and St. Phillip." From The Great Rebellion. Connecticut: Hurlburt, Williams, & Co., 1862. 4 1/4 x 7 3/8. Steel engraving.

A nicely rendered image of the naval battle for the two forts. $75



Capture of New Orleans
Alonzo Chappel. "Capture of New Orleans -- Attack on Fort Phillip." From Battles of the United States by Sea and Land. New York: Johnson, Fry & Co., ca. 1865. 5 1/2 x 7 3/8. Steel engraving. Very good condition.

Chappel liked to show close up action from battles, and this is a nice example of his work. Lovell Rousseau was a Kentucky Senator who resigned to take up a position leading Kentucky volunteers for the Union army. He served bravely in a number of battles, including Shiloh, where his troops recaptured an artillery position which had been earlier overrun by the Confederates. $75



Capture of New Orleans
C. Parsons. "Capture of New Orleans. The Fleet Passing Forts of the Mississippi." From The Great Civil War. New York: Virtue & Yorston, ca. 1865. 5 x 7 1/2. Steel engraving.

A dramatic print showing Farragut's fleet bombarding Forts St. Philip and Jackson. The various ships involved in the action are clearly shown and identified below the image and the mortar ships are depicted in the distance. $75



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