Civil War Events by State - Louisiana


Listing of all day-by-day events of the American Civil War related to the state of Louisiana.

The American Civil War crossed borders throughout many states as the nation was plunged into turmoil. Key battles were fought throughout the land with the most being recorded in the state of Virginia followed by the state of Tennessee. The war stretched into loosely established territories in the West as well and involved actions in international waters and support from foreign powers. In the end, the fractured country required decades of healing and its scars can still be seen today.

There are a total of (47) Civil War Events by State - Louisiana events in the CivilWarTimeline.net database. Entries are listed below by date-of-occurrence ascending (first-to-last). Other leading and trailing events are also included for perspective.


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January 26, 1861

The state of Louisiana formally secedes from the Union.

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January 29, 1861

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John Dix, the acting United States Secretary of the Treasury, orders authorities in New Orleans to shoot anyone attempting to bring down the American flag.

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February 4, 1861

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United States Senator Judah Benjamin of Louisiana resigns his position to join the Confederacy.

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January 9, 1862

The New Orleans Campaign begins.

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January 9, 1862

David G. Farragut, a Union Flag Officer, is given command of the Western Gulf Blockading Squadron.

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January 12, 1862

Confederate Navy forces attempt to unseat Union ships at New Orleans.

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February 20, 1862

Union Captain David Farragut arrives outside of New Orleans, Louisiana with his naval forces in tow. He takes up position at Ship Island near Biloxi, Mississippi. This is part of the campaign to retake the strategically important port city.

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February 20, 1862

Union Captain David Farragut takes command of the West Gulf Squadron.

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February 23, 1862

General Benjamin Butler vows to President Lincoln that New Orleans will be taken.

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March 23, 1862

Union General Benjamin Butler arrives at Ship Island, Mississippi to join in the plans for the ultimate battle to take New Orleans.

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April 24, 1862

The Confederate fleet near New Orleans, Louisiana is destroyed by a Union force under the command of Flag Officer David Farragut.

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April 24, 1862

CSS Stonewall Jackson, launched in January of 1862, is driven ashore and burned and pressured by Union Navy elements.

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April 25, 1862

With no more fight left, Confederate forces surrender the important port city of New Orleans to Union elements.

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April 28, 1862

Confederate elements at Fort St. Philip and Fort Jackson (New Orleans) surrender to Union forces.

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May 1, 1862

The Union capture of New Orleans is complete.

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May 12, 1862

Union forces occupy Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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May 15, 1862

Per General Butler's order, any woman insulting Union troops in New Orleans is to be treated as a prostitute.

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July 7, 1862

Under the direction of Union General Benjamin Butler, William Mumford is hanged in New Orleans for his April removal of an American flag.

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August 5, 1862

Confederate General Henry Allen is wounded in the Battle of Baton Rouge, leading to his left leg being amputated. He will later be named governor of Confederate Louisiana.

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August 5, 1862

The Battle of Baton Rouge takes place on this date. Forces include 2,500 Union against 2,600 Confederate. The battle goes down as a Union victory with similar losses to both sides (371 and 478 respectively).

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August 5, 1862

Confederate Captain Alexander Todd is killed in fighting near Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Todd is the brother-in-law of sitting President Abraham Lincoln. He is also the victim of friendly-fire.

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August 5, 1862

Union forces successfully defend Baton Rouge, Louisiana from a Confederate advance.

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August 5, 1862

After developing mechanical issues, CSS Arkansas is abandoned on the Mississippi River and blown up by Confederate forces near Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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November 3, 1862

CSS Cotton and shoreline guns at Berwick Bay, Louisiana, drive away Union naval forces.

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November 3, 1862

Union ground forces, aided by five gunboats, attack Confederate positions at Bayou Teche in Louisiana.

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November 23, 1862

New Orleans is home to a large show of force as tens of thousands of infantry are paraded through the streets.

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January 14, 1863

Bayou Teche, Louisiana is site to another Union-versus-Confederate engagement. This action involves both land forces and gunboat support for the Union.

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February 14, 1863

After running aground in the Black River (Louisiana), USS Queen of the West is taken by Confederate forces.

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March 14, 1863

Despite heavy damage, a Union fleet under the direction of Admiral Farragut gets by the confederate guns of Port Hudson in Louisiana.

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May 2, 1863

General Benjamin Grierson's cavalry raids against Confederate positions ends at Baton, Rouge, Louisiana.

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May 27, 1863

Union forces fail to take Port Hudson in Louisiana.

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June 7, 1863

The Battle of Milliken's Bend occurs. Confederate General Richard Taylor attacks a Union base at Madison Parrish, Louisiana. The attackers are driven off by a force led by commander Hermann Lieb. The result is a Union victory though casualties number 652 for the North.

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June 23, 1863

Confederate forces are victorious at Brashear City, Louisiana.

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September 4, 1863

Union General Ulysses S. Grant is injured after being thrown by his horse. The incident takes place in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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November 2, 1863

Henry Allen, a General in the Confederate Army, is named governor of Louisiana.

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March 12, 1864

Union gunboats and ironclads make their way towards Shreveport, Louisiana along the Red River.

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March 14, 1864

Fort De Russy is taken by Union General Banks in Louisiana.

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March 14, 1864

150,000 bales of cotton are ordered burned prior to the arrival of Union forces in Louisiana. The order is from Confederate General Edmund Smith.

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March 18, 1864

Union forces take Alexandria, Louisiana without firing a shot.

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March 21, 1864

Henderson's Hill, Louisiana is the site of a capture of 250 unsuspecting Confederate soldiers by Union forces.

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April 7, 1864

Wilson's Plantation in Louisiana is the site of a meeting of cavalry forces from both sides.

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April 8, 1864

Confederate forces at Sabine Crossroads along the Red River stop , and drive back, a Union advance.

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April 9, 1864

Pleasant Hill, Louisiana is the site of a Union victory over Confederate elements as the Red River Campaign advances. Union General Nathaniel Banks directs the victors.

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May 8, 1865

On this date, Confederate forces lay claim to five Union ships. The action occurs near Alexandria, Louisiana.

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May 18, 1864

The Battle of Yellow Bayou is had in Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana. It results in a Union victory though not without both sides gaining, and eventually losing, the advantage several times during the battle. The Union is directed by Joseph Mower and the Confederates by Richard Taylor. Losses are 360 and 500 respectively.

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May 26, 1864

Following their retreat from Alexandria, Louisiana, Union forces and General Nathaniel Banks reside in Donaldsonville.

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April 24, 1865

Confederate forces set alight the side-wheel steam ram CSS Webb lest it should fall into enemy hands. This takes place in New Orleans waters.

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