December 1920

The Capture of New Orleans

Volume 5, Issue 4

Major Edwin North McClellan, USMC

George C Thorpe


ON April 16, 1862, a Federal Fleet under command of David Glasgow Farragut, Flag Officer, Western Gulf Blockading Squadron, crossed the bar at the mouth of the Mississippi River and bombarded Forts Jackson and St. Philip for five days. Farragut's memorable passage of the forts commenced on April 24, 1862, his report, dated April 25, 1862, to the Secretary of the Navy reading in part as follows:

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