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Where: 337 Carondelet St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

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When: 01 January 1880

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Identifier: briefhistoryofun00unse
Title: A brief history of the United States
Year: 1880 (1880s)
Authors: A.S. Barnes & Co.,publisher
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Publisher: New York Chicago [etc.] A.S. Barnes & Company
Contributing Library: Yale University, Cushing/Whitney Medical Library
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were protected by bags of sand, coal, etc. t Steamers, ships, vast quantities of cotton, etc., were burned by the order of thegovernor of Louisiana, and the military commander of the Confederate States, toprevent their falling into Federal hands. Pollard says: No sooner had the Federalfleet turned the point and come within sight of the city, than the work of destructioncommenced. Vast columns of smoke darkened the face of heaven and obscu-ed thenoonday sun ; for five miles along the levee fierce flames darted through the luridatmosphere. Great ships and steamers wrapped in fire floated down the river,threatening the Federal vessels with destruction. Fifteen thousand bales of cottou,worth one million and a half of dollars, were consumed. About a dozen large riversteamboats, twelve or fifteen ships, a great floatiag battery, several unfinished gun-boats, the immense ram Mississippi, and the docks on the other side of the riverswere all embraced in the fi.ery sacrifice 232 EPOCH V. [i86^

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VIEW OF NEW ORLEANS. the Union guns. The forts being now threatened in the rearby the army, soon surrendered. Captain Farragut afterwardascended the river, took j)ossession of Baton Eouge andNatchez, and, running the batteries at Vickgburg, joined theUnion fleet above. Bumsides Expedition against Roanoke Island*was an important step toward tlie enforcement of the blockade.The Confederate forts were captured, and the ships destroyed.Newbern—an excellent seaport—Elizabeth City, and, finally.Fort Macon, at the entrance to Beaufort harbor, were taken.Thus all the coast of North Carolina, with its intricate net-work of water communication, fell into the Union hands. * Roanoke Island, the scene of Raleighs colonization scheme, was the key to therear defences of Norfolk. It unlocked two sounds, eight rivers, four canals, andtwo railroads. It controlled largely the transmission of supplies to that region,afforded an excellent harbor and a convenient rendezvous for ships, and exposed aJ.-i


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