Civil War Louisiana


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John T. Ludeling

John T. Ludeling served as the chief justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court from 1868 to 1877. Read »

Edwin T. Merrick

Edwin T. Merrick served as the chief justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court from 1855 to 1865. Read »

Confederate Louisiana

As a member of the Confederate States of America, Louisiana provided soldiers who fought outside the state. Read »

Guerrilla Warfare in Civil War Louisiana

Guerrilla warfare in Civil War Louisiana attacked both Confederate and Union forces, as well as civilians. Read »

Henry Clay Warmoth

Henry Clay Warmoth was the first governor of Louisiana under Radical Reconstruction. Read »

Immigrants in Civil War New Orleans

During the Civil War, immigrant communities in New Orleans generally supported the Union cause. Read »


The post-Civil War period in US history is known as the Reconstruction era, when secessionist states were brought back into the Union. Read »

Siege of Port Hudson

The capture of Port Hudson in Louisiana gave Union forces control of the Mississippi River and was a significant turning point in the Civil War. Read »

William Pitt Kellogg

William Pitt Kellogg was governor of Louisiana during the divisive period of Radical Reconstruction. Read »

Edward Bermudez

Edward Bermudez served as the chief justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court from 1880 to 1892. Read »

William B. Hyman

William B. Hyman served as the chief justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court from 1865 to 1868. Read »

Fall of New Orleans and Federal Occupation

For both Union and Confederate forces during the Civil War, New Orleans was considered a strategic city at the mouth of the Mississippi River. Read »

Sarah Morgan Dawson

Sarah Morgan Dawson kept a dairy of her experiences during the Civil War in Louisiana. Read »

Rachel O’Connor

A pioneer planter in what is now West Feliciana Parish, Rachel O’Connor wrote more than one hundred letters describing antebellum plantation life in southern Louisiana. Read »

African Americans in the Civil War

Historians have only recently begun to explore the role Louisiana blacks played in the Civil War, despite the fact that African American military service helped shape key legacies of the war. Read »

Red River Campaign

In the 1864 Red River Campaign, Union troops attempted but failed to surround Confederate forces in northwestern Louisiana. Read »

Louisiana's Secession from the Union

Louisiana seceded from the Union on January 26, 1861, although many in the state opposed the decision. Read »

Confederate Soldiers

More than 50,000 white men from Louisiana shouldered arms for the Confederacy. Read »

Florida Parishes in the Civil War

The strategic location of Louisiana's Florida Parishes made them significant to Union forces during the Civil War. Read »

Clara Solomon

Clara Solomon is best known for her diary, which chronicles her experiences in new Orleans during the Civil War. Read »

P. B. S. Pinchback

Probably best known today for being the only African American to serve as governor of a southern state during Reconstruction, P. B. S. Pinchback was politician of enormous talent and remarkable longevity. Read »

Battle of Baton Rouge

Entry covers the first capture, battle, and recapture of Baton Rouge during the Civil War. Read »

Antebellum Louisiana

The Antebellum period in Louisiana begins with statehood in 1812 and ends with Louisiana joining the Confederacy in 1860. Read »

Camp Moore

Camp Moore in Louisiana served as the training location for more than 20,000 Confederate soldiers during the Civil War. Read »

Centenary State Historic Site

The Centenary State Historic Site was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. Read »

Unionism in Louisiana

Contrary to conventional assumptions, many Louisianans opposed secession and the Confederacy during the Civil War. Read »

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