Aerial Photographs of Historic Louisiana Forts (Part II)

Fort Jackson and Fort St. Philip

Fort Jackson and Fort St. Philip are located in Buras, Louisiana, in Plaquemines Parish, on opposite banks of the Mississippi River. The forts were the site of a decisive battle in the Civil War.

Plan of Fort Jackson, showing the effect of the bombardment by the U.S. mortar flotilla and gunboats (Library of Congress, 1862)

U. S. Coast Survey of Ft. Jackson (Library of Congress, 1862)

U. S. Coast Survey Map Showing the Damage at Fort Jackson

From April 18th to April 24th, 1862, Union mortar flotilla and gunboats bombarded the two Confederate forts, forcing the Rebels to surrender.

The Union fleet was then free to advance up the Mississippi River to conquer the now vulnerable city of New Orleans.

Fort Jackson in Plaquemines Parish ( 29.356692° N, -89.455474° W)

Fort Jackson in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana (USGS, 2006)

Fort Jackson in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana (USGS, 2006)

Fort St. Philip in Plaquemines Parish ( 29.363171° N, -89.466067° W)

Fort St. Philip in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana (USDA, 2007_

Fort St. Philip in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana (USDA, 2007)

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