Fort St. Phillip. Bayou Mardi Gras runs across the bottom of the photo. It acted as a natural moat for the south side of the Fort. Just above the bayou is a wall of the south bastion of the fort. The structure at above left is the emplacement for the 8" M 1898 disappearing guns, it is the south POINT OF THE STAR. Ft. St Phillip was a brick and earth bastion fort with no casements. It was star shaped, and had a bomb proof citadel in the center, which was destroyed during the battle of April 5, 1862. The fort took the brunt of the attack throughout the whole engagement. It stays flooded most of the winter, and is a dense jungle during the summer with many cottonmouths. It can only be reached by boat.

 Aerial photo/narrative courtesy of Kenny Meyers, Slidell, Louisiana

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