Transcript of Battle of New Orleans
Capture of New Orleans By: Estefania Perez, Jessica Godines, and Teresa Garcia Where Did It Take Place? What Was the Landscape of the Battlefield like? Map of the Battle of New Orleans Key Commanders On Both Sides Tactics/Strategies Won/Lost Outcome Interesting Facts Casualties The Capture of New Orleans, as they like to call it, took place in New Orleans and in St. Bernard Parish on April 25, 1862 and ended May 1, 1862. New Orleans was located by the Mississippi River and had a port that made it one of the most wanted cities by the Union. With New Orleans they would have had control of a major part of the Mississippi and dominated the battle field. Since the City was a port capital, most of the battlefield was the ocean. It was ships against ships in the swamps and marshlands of New Orleans. Union: Flag-Officer David G. Farragut was a flag officer of the U.S. during the American Civil war. He was the first rear admiral, vice admiral, and admiral, in the United States Navy. Confederate: Major General Mansfield Lovell he replaced Maj. Gen. David Twiggs in the civil war. When the union captured new Orleans there were no casualties because the fighting had been done before this. It only cost General Farragut a mere 37 killed and 149 wounded. Lovell on the other hand had a massive amount, in comparison to Farragut, dead and wounded, a total of about 728. Major General Benjamin Franklin Butler was one of the most disliked generals of the war. The capture of New Orleans by the Union was honestly one of the simplest tasks in the war. What the Union did was take out New Orleans best defenses by capturing Ft. Jackson and than moving on to invade St. Phillip. This left New Orleans vulnerable to interception and all the easier for the Union to capture. The South did all it could to defend New Orleans but it had just send the majority of its troops that were in charge of defending the city to the Battle of Shiloh, leaving themselves unprotected and gambling most of their Mississippi land. They braced themselves for the Union but they never expected them to come from the south and were caught by surprise since their only defenses were the already captured Ft. Jackson and St. Phillips. The capture of New Orleans by the Union was a major blow to the Confederacy because it was one of their greatest city and it gave the Union access to most of the Mississippi. The Union gained a huge advantage by capturing New Orleans and they did it by taking out Ft. Jackson and St. Phillip in two blows and weakening New Orleans defenses before they actually made a move on it. The South Of course lost a huge city that was a vital part of the confederacy and was just set up for defeat. Lovell of course lost his position as general after such an embarrassing loss. They shouldn't have sent most of their troops to the Battle of Shiloh and than maybe they wouldn't have lost. The South lost not only its largest city and one of it most valuable ports, but an irreplaceable stock of men, ships, and supplies for the defense of the Mississippi River. The Union of course got all the benefits of the capture which in turned affected the outcome of the civil war itself, swaying towards the Union. Thanks to New Orleans, the Union had an easy time capturing the rest of the Mississippi River Valley and ending Confederate Control of it officially by 1863. With those major losses, it was obvious that the Union would go on to win the Civil war and they did. -After he was stripped of his position as general, Lovell farmed a rice plantation but his first crop was destroyed by a tidal wave, (wth?), and he was forced to move back in with his parents! (xFull transcript
-After the death of his mother, General Farragut AGREED to be adopted by a naval officer whose father had been friends with his father and later served in the civil war with his adoptive step brother.
-There were technically no casualties in the capture of New Orleans.