Welcome back, fellow history enthusiasts! Welcome back for another interesting item in the history of the war to crush the seditious, insurrectionist, traitorous, confederate scum. (is that explicit enough for you, Bob?)
Today, we are going to talk about what happened on Aril 15th, 1862. You see on that date, and intrepid naval officer by the name of David Glasgow Farragut, led his West Gulf Blockading Squadron into the mouth of the Mississippi river. Farragut was about to engage in the naval portion of Winfield Scott's "Anaconda Plan" which was to split the Confederacy by seizing control of the Mississippi.
Farragut was successful in entering the river, and over the next few days, was able fight his way past two masonry forts Fort Jackson and Fort St. Phillip. The fight to pass the forts wasn't as easy as just sailing past, mind you; it took a few days of bombardment, and then a nighttime stealth maneuver. Once the traitors in the fort were whipped, Farragut's squadron proceeded to New Orleans.
When Farragut arrived at New Orleans he found parts of the city already burning, with some rebeltrash sympathizers burning American flags. The commodore was having none of this and sent a message into the city saying that the U.S. flag would be respected…. Or else! Soon after, General Benjamin Butler led a contingent of American infantry into the city, and raised the colors at city hall. New Orleans was once again an American city. Shortly after the fall of New Orleans, Natchez and Baton Rouge surrendered to Federal forces without a fight.
The rebels were in a bad place by this time… the one city that they had that could really put a strain on the Union's ability to make war was now back in the hands of the rightful owner, the United States of America. The rebs may not have known it at the time, but this was truly the beginning of the end for them… and rightly so. To drive home the point, the rebel bandits in Forts Jackson and St. Phillip were so demoralized they mutinied and abandoned the forts.