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Mon, 09.14.1874

The Battle of Liberty Place, a story

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*On this date, 1874, white Democrats took over the Louisiana statehouse. This white resistance and occupation have been called the Battle of Liberty Place.

In New Orleans, 3500 confederacy members took over the city hall, statehouse, and arsenal.  President Ulysses Grant ordered the insurgents to disperse and sent in federal troops. Twenty-seven persons (sixteen whites and eleven Blacks) were killed. A great deal of damage was done, and the whites were defeated.

The uprising was so severe that the federal army remained in Louisiana for several years.



New Orleans

The Encyclopedia Britannica, Twenty-fourth Edition.
Copyright 1996 Encyclopedia Britannica Inc.
ISBN 0-85229-633-0

Image, Richard E. Miller

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