New Orleans, LA

Date(s): April 25–May 1, 1862

Location: Please click on link below for map.

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

Campaign(s): Expedition to and Capture of New Orleans [1862]

Battles in Campaign:


  • Union Flag-Officer David G. Farragut's squadron had passed Forts Jackson and St. Philip, near the mouth of the Mississippi River, on April 24, 1862.


  • Union: Flag-Officer David G. Farragut and Maj. Gen. Benjamin Franklin Butler

  • Confederate: Maj. Gen. Mansfield Lovell

Principal Forces:

  • Union: Department of the Gulf

  • Confederate: Department No. 1


  • After the Union fleet had passed the forts, the Union occupation of New Orleans was inevitable.

  • Union Flag-Officer David G. Farragut, with his squadron, continued up the Mississippi River and demanded the surrender of the City of New Orleans the next day.

  • The city surrendered on April 28th.

  • On May 1st, Maj. Gen. Benjamin Franklin Butler’s army began landing at New Orleans and occupying the city.

  • The capture of New Orleans, the largest city in the Confederacy, was an event that had major international significance.

Slide Presentation: None

Classification1: B


  • Union: 0

  • Confederate: 0

Results: Union Victory

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1 Classification:

  • A - having a decisive influence on a campaign and a direct impact on the course of the war

  • B - having a direct and decisive influence on their campaign

  • C - having observable influence on the outcome of a campaign

  • D - having a limited influence on the outcome of their campaign or operation but achieving or affecting important local objectives

2 Casualties are someone killed, injured, wounded, captured or missing.

Revised 03/08/2013