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Mississippi River defenses in 1862 consisted of Forts Jackson and St. Phillip. Mississippi River defenses Library of Congress title: Map showing the defenses of the Mississippi below New Orleans and Farragut's attack 24 April 1862. This hand-drawn map presents a great deal of detail about Forts Jackson and St. Phillip. Additionally, it displays the positions of Farragut's ships as they approached Fort Jackson. Robert Knox Sneden drew the map. Attacking the forts While the blockade of the Gulf Coast crippled the economy of New Orleans, the forts below the city prevented the Union Navy from moving upriver easily. The Union...
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