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Battle of New Orleans

by Derik Remley and Aaron Alleman

1. The name of the battle is New Orleans
2. This battle was fought from the 25th of April to the 1st of May. It lasted 6 days.

3. The opposing sides skirmished 75 miles south of the port city of New Orleans located in Louisiana.

4. Flag-Officer David G. Farragut and Major General Benjamin Franklin Butler were the two officers for the union. The confederacy was lead by Major General Mansfield Lovell.

5. The union soldiers presided over the confederate troops in the matter of quantity. The Department of the Gulf were fighting for the Union. Department Number 1 was for the Confederate army.

6. The Union believed that the capture of the port city of New Orleans would be crucial to securing Mississippi. Flag-Officer Farragut, the leading officer of the Department of the gulf, captured an island off the west coast of New Orleans and assessed the enemies defenses. Farragut's plan was to bombard the Confederate defense and weaken it, making it easier to capture it. He did just that and the town fell to the Union.
This battle was short-lived and nobody died, but it was very important to the Confederacy's downfall. This led to the capture of the Mississippi and also the triumph of the Union.

7. The Union used 19 mortar schooners to bombard the city with mortar to weaken them. Eventually the town surrendered and the Union had taken it over.

8. The Union won the Battle of New Orleans.

9. The were very little losses in this fight. Only 37 men died. The 37 men were under Farragut's command and were killed when a ship sunk.

10. The loss of New Orleans was a major blow to the Confederacy. New Orleans was a major piece of the puzzle to the Confederate armies defeat.external image Lake_Borgne_de_la_Tour_map_1720.jpg