New Orleans, La. – Apr. 24, 1862
UNION NAVY TAKES NEW ORLEANS
The Northern Navy completely crushed Southern defenses today, as Union ships steamed into New Orleans. The South was counting on protection from Fort Jackson and Fort St. Phillip in case of a sea invasion. Led by Admiral Farragut, Northern warships easily turned back the resistance offered by Fort Jackson. Without effect, Fort St. Phillip lashed out at the enemy, several times scoring with hits and temporarily driving Farragut's ships back. Confederate warships steamed out of New Orleans to offer a battle, but were repelled by the deadly guns of the Union. The Northern victory here gives the Union a strong hold on the Mississippi River.... so important as a lifeline for the South. The Confederate's greatest seaport is lost.