The Historic Naval War for New Orleans

Seven days after the attack began, on April 25th, Farragut reached New Orleans, which had built their strategy for defense around those two forts. Farragut demanded and eventually secured the surrender of the city and New Orleans was in the hands of the Union. This was a turning point for the Union forces because once Farragut secured New Orleans, the Union was able to extend their control to much of the southern flank of the confederacy weakening the rebel cause considerably. The battle of New Orleans is a dramatic example of how military strategy and the use of naval warfare can do as much or more to secure a military victory as any ground battle could do.


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