The Battle of New Orleans

By Anthony Pham and Matthew Alt

What Was The Battle Of New Orleans?

The Battle of New Orleans was part of General Winfield Scott's Anaconda plan to attack Ft.'s Philip and Jackson to eventually defeat the South. The battle started out as one of many blockades the Union set up to halt trade in the South. The Union invaded the port city of New Orleans (hence the name) and preceded to take over the city.

What Was the Importance?

This battle would ultimately help the Union take control of the Mississippi River, a crucial asset to winning the war. It would take away the South's control over the river, stopping communication and support.

What Was the Outcome?

The multitude of ships overwhelmed the Confederates. The Union army under Admiral David D. Farragut ended up pushing the south towards the end of the city, and ultimately making General Mansfield Lovell of the Confederate army surrender. (Admiral Farragut is pictured to the right)

Who and What Was There?

Union- 15,000 men army, 17 warships, 19 mortar boats, and 43 ships all under the command of Admiral David D. Farragut (Pictured above).

Confederacy- 3000 men, 3 ironclad warships, ten gunboats, and a few smaller vessels all under the command of General Mansfield Lovell (Pictured to the right)

Because the Union had a significant more amount of troops and supplies than the Confederates, this led to their victory. They easily dominated the port and inevitably controlled it.


The battle took place primarily at the New Orleans port. (City-like) This battle was mainly fought at sea and on the southern tip of the Mississippi River with there little fought at land. The Union had their plethora of ships at sea coming in at the ports while the Confederacy (Fort St. Philip and Fort Jackson) at land was defending it with cannons. Some of the battle was fought on the land, at both of the forts making it a multi-biome battle.
Big image


-Encyclopedia Britannica