General Butler Holding the Mob in Check at New Orleans
In early 1862, Benjamin Butler was appointed commander of the Union troops occupying New Orleans. He ruled the territory with an iron hand, invoking the hatred of southerners and earning the nickname “Beast Butler.”
Infamous! Vide Lord Palmerston's speech
With General Order No. 28, commonly known as the “Woman's Order,” Union General Benjamin Butler attempted to stop the women of New Orleans from exhibiting their dislike of Union soldiers. Issued in 1862, the order stated that any woman showing disrespect to a Union soldier would “be treated as a woman of the town plying her vocation.”
David Dixon Porter, Rear Admiral
Admiral David Dixon Porter helped the Union capture New Orleans. Later, and with less success, he led the Union naval forces in the Red River Campaign.
Capture of New Orleans
The lyrics for “Capture of New Orleans,” a song popular during the Civil War.
Governor Michael Hahn
Michael Hahn was the nineteenth governor of Louisiana. He served during the federal occupation of the state following the Civil War. Hahn's administration made attempts to enfranchise black citizens and laid the foundation for a black school system. This portrait was made by John Genin, c. 1865.
Plan of Fort Jackson
Between April 18th and 24th, 1862, the U.S. Mortar Flotilla and Gunboats fired on Fort Jackson. This map illustrates the damage they caused.
"Map showing the defenses of the Mississippi below New Orleans and Farraguts attack 24 April 1862"
Hoping to protect New Orleans, Confederate troops built defenses--shown on this map--along the Mississippi River. But, on April 24, 1862, these defenses proved unable to withstand the Union attack.
"Riot in New Orleans" by Theodore R. Davis
This illustration from Harper's Weekly depicts the 1866 riot in New Orleans. During this conflict, former Confederates—including the local police—attacked Radical Republicans who at the 1864 Constitution Convention.
Major General Nathaniel Prentiss Banks
Major General Nathaniel Banks replaced the unpopular Gen. Benjamin "Beast" Butler as commander of the Union's troops in New Orleans. He also led the Red River Campaign in 1864. The image was taken in the studio of famed Civil War photographer Matthew B. Brady.
Scott's Great Snake
This map illustrates Union General Winfield Scott's “Anaconda” plan to strangle the Confederacy economically.
Heavily retouched photograph of Union Admiral David Farragut's flagship, the USS Hartford.
Proclamation, Headquarters, Department of the Gulf, New Orleans, May 1st, 1862
With this May 1, 1862, proclamation, Union General Benjamin Butler officially announced the federal government's occupation of New Orleans and declared martial law in the city.
General Benjamin F. Butler
Civil War Union General Benjamin F. Butler was charged with governing New Orleans after the city surrendered to federal forces in 1862. This official portrait is in the Brady National Photographic Art Gallery.
Admiral David Glasgow Farragut
David Glasgow Farragut (July 5, 1801 – August 14, 1870), who eventually became the U.S. Navy's first full admiral, led several important Union victories in Louisiana during the Civil War.
Reconnoissance of the Mississippi River below Forts Jackson and St. Philip
A map illustrating the Union's knowledge of Fort Jackson and Fort St. Phillip. This information may have helped Union Commander David Dixon Porter develop a plan to capture the Confederate forts.
Major General Mansfield Lovell
Confederate General Mansfield Lovell served as the commander of New Orleans defenses during the Civil War.
Confederate Memorial Hall, New Orleans
Architects Thomas Sully and Albert Tolando designed the Confederate Memorial Hall, which was built in 1891, in New Orleans.
Plan of an attack on New Orleans
This hand-drawn and annotated map illustrates an 1862 Union plan for an attack on New Orleans.
General Winfield Scott
A color reproduction of a painting of General Winfield Scott, whose Anaconda Plan resulted in the Fall and subsequent Federal occupation of New Orleans.
The Restoration of the Union - Inauguration of Michael Hahn
A view of Lafayette Square depicting the inauguration of Michael Hahn as Governor of Louisiana during the Federal occupation of New Orleans in 1864.