APRIL 25, 1862: Flag Officer Farragut's fleet, having silenced Confederate batteries at Chalmette en route, anchored before New Orleans. High water in the river allowed the ships' guns to dominate the city over the levee top.
Captain Bailey went ashore to demand the surrender. The Common Council of New Orleans resolved that: "...having been advised by the military authorities that the city is indefensible, [we] declare that no resistance will be made to the forces of the United States."
The loss of New Orleans, the largest and wealthiest seaport in the South, was a critical blow to the Confederacy.
And, now, They Take Down their Confederate Monuments. --Old B-Runner