Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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1. Battle Summary: Baton Rouge, LA
2. Louisiana Civil War Battle Baton Rouge Magnolia Cemetery
3. Battle of Baton Rouge (1862) - Wikipedia
4. Baton Rouge (Magnolia Cemetery )
5. Sites in and around Baton Rouge

6. Baton Rouge National Cemetery
7. The Battle of Baton Rouge -
8. Civil War Traveler: Louisiana: Baton Rouge and Port Hudson
9. Battle of Baton Rouge - American Civil War
10. CSS Arkansas - Wikipedia

11. Confederate Ships--CSS Arkansas (1862-1862)
12. CSS Arkansas - GulfWrecks

Battle of Baton Rouge, August 5, 1862
In an attempt to regain control of the state, Confederates wished to recapture the capital at Baton Rouge. Maj. Gen. John C. Gov. Henry Watkings Allen was wounded near this spot during the Battle of Baton RougeBreckinridge planned a combined land/water expedition with his corps and CSS Ram Arkansas. Advancing west from Camp Moore, the Confederate land forces, coming from the east, were only ten miles away on August 4. They reached the outskirts of the capital early in the morning, formed for an attack in two divisions, and began to drive back each Union unit they encountered. Then, Union gunboats in the river began shelling the Confederates. The Arkansas could have neutralized the Union gunboats, but her engines failed and she did not participate in the battle. Federal land forces, in the meantime, fell back to a more defensible line, and the Union commander, Brig. Gen. Thomas Williams, was killed soon after. The new commander, Col. Thomas W. Cahill, ordered a retreat to a prepared defensive line nearer the river and within the gunboats’ protection. Rebels assailed the new line, but finally the Federals forced them to retire. The next day the Arkansas’s engines failed again as she closed on the Union gunboats; she was blown up and scuttled by her crew. The Confederates failed to recapture the state capital.

Allen's Wounding Site
Breckinridge's Troops
Confederate Memorial
Henry Watkins Allen's Grave
Magnolia Cemetery
Mississippi River
Morgan House Site
National Cemetery
Old Arsenal Powder Magazine
Old Louisiana State Capital
Pentagon Barracks

(8-2007) Enlarge Old Arsenal Powder Magazine. View from atop the Louisiana State Capitol. Built in 1838, it was seized by Louisiana citizens two months after Abraham Lincoln won the 1860 presidential election

Photo by Joel Manuel, Baton Rouge, LA

(3-1994) Old Arsenal Powder Magazine


(3-1994) Old Arsenal Powder Magazine

(3-1994) Old Arsenal Powder Magazine


(8-2007) Enlarge Authentic graffiti on the wall of the Baton Rouge Arsenal, most likely left by garrison soldiers of the 6th Michigan. One scribbling pokes fun at the Confederates' failed attack on Baton Rouge: "In Memory of J.C. Breckenridge"

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  (8-2007) Enlarge More graffiti

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