The Civil War, Day by Day

Private Harrison Hunt

New Orleans Surrenders to the Union

The Union was determined to win New Orleans because it was the largest city in the Confederacy, as well as its principal port.

On April 18, Farragut's fleet opened mortar fire on the city. After several days of intense but inconclusive fighting, Farragut made a courageous decision: he ordered his flotilla to run single file against a strong current past the Confederate forts. The Southern troops continued their strong defense, attempting to run the Union ships aground. A Union officer described the scene as “all the earthquakes in the world and all the thunder and lightning storms together, in a space of two miles, all going off at once.” To Farragut, it was “as if the artillery of heaven were playing on earth.”

Once the Confederate fleet was practically destroyed, New Orleans' citizens knew a formal surrender was close at hand. Enraged, they ran out into the streets, brandishing knives and pistols with cries of, “the damned Yankee's won't have it!” Their words fell on deaf ears, as General Benjamin Butler garrisoned all the forts in New Orleans and officially occupied the city. Much to their chagrin, the “damned Yankees” were there to stay.

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