Command of Forts Jackson and St. Philip fell under the command of Brigadier General Johnston K. Duncan. Major General Mansfield Lovell commanded Confederate defenses.
Union Naval officer, David Glasgow Farragut, advanced his boats commanded by David D. Porter, Farragut’s step brother. Six days of bombardment ensued, including an expedition sent to cut a chain stretched across the river.
Farragut’s fleet blazed forward, firing as they raced by the forts. On April 25, 1862, Farragut accepted the surrender of the city of New Orleans. With his boat anchored off the port, Union infantry, under command of Major General Benjamin Butler occupied the city.
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