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April 29, 2012 8:28 AM

Farragut Captures New Orleans

By April 1862, a portion of General Winfield Scott’s Anaconda Plan was taking effect as the Union made a concerted effort to seize control of the Mississippi River. In early April, Brigadier General John Pope and Flag Officer Andrew Foote secured a Union victory at Island No. 10 north of Memphis, Tenn. Further south, Flag Officer David Farragut formed his invasion fleet at Ship Island in an attempt to capture New Orleans.

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