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Mon, 09.14.1874

The Battle of Liberty Place, a story

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*On this date in 1874, white Democrats seized the Louisiana statehouse in a takeover. This white resistance and occupation has been called the Battle of Liberty Place.

Taking 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 a number of years.

Reference:

64 Parishes.org

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

Image, Richard E. Miller

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