Mutiny at Fort Jackson: The Untold Story of the Fall of New Orleans

By Michael D. Plerson | Go to book overview

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confederate new orleans,
february 1861 to may 1862

Most of the Fort Jackson mutineers enlisted in New Orleans, and any search for their motives must start with a long look at the Crescent City. Civil War historians have increasingly focused on the connections between soldiers at the front and their families and communities at home—links continually reinforced by letters, gifts, newspapers, and men and women traveling back and forth between the army and home. At Fort Jackson, soldiers, whether on leave, discharged on account of sickness, or detailed home to recruit, carried messages and physical reminders from the men at the front. Visitors also came to the fort from New Orleans, including new recruits, civilian and military guests, and, one suspects, a healthy number of fishermen, boat crews, and peddlers. So, even though many of the men who mutinied probably did not see New Orleans again after being posted downriver, they still would have heard about how the war affected their

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