|Following the passage of forts Jackson and St. Philip, near the mouth of the Mississippi River, on April
24, 1862, the Union occupation of New Orleans was inevitable. Union Flag-Officer David G. Farragut, with his
squadron, continued up the Mississippi River and demanded the surrender of the City of New Orleans the next day.
The city surrendered on April 28. On May 1, Maj. Gen. Benjamin Franklin Butler’s army began landing at New
Orleans and occupying the city. New Orleans, considered an international city and the largest city in the
Confederacy, had fallen. The Union occupation of New Orleans was an event that had major international