Arsenal - New Orleans, LA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member JimmyEv
N 29° 57.458 W 090° 03.858
15R E 783324 N 3317717
Quick Description: This thick building with massive steel doors was the site of the Battle of Liberty Place during Reconstruction. The White League, a white supremacist group, defeated the integrated Metropolitan Police of New Orleans in a pitched battle.
Location: Louisiana, United States
Date Posted: 4/7/2007 6:09:37 PM
Waymark Code: WM1CVT
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Rose Red
Views: 49

Long Description:
A Spanish Arsenal had been built on this site in 1769. The current building, designed by James Dakin, was erected in 1839. Although the building did not play a role in the War of 1812, a plaque commemorating Andrew Jackson’s victory is mounted near the door. Look up at the top of the building – there are cut-outs of cannons and American flags.

During Reconstruction, in 1874, a white supremacist militia, the White League, took up arms against the city’s police force. The League had cornered the police in the customhouse, the Cabildo, and the arsenal. From the arsenal, police fired cannonballs down Chartres Street towards the League. The White League managed to defeat the Metropolitan Police and seized control of the state government, ousting Reconstruction Governor Kellogg. Three days later Federal troops regained control of the city and restored the Kellogg administration.

The Arsenal is now part of the Louisiana State Museum, hosting temporary exhibits.


Type of material of the door: Steel

Functional door?: Yes

Location of this door/way: On public property

Is it accessable only by paid admission": No

Style: Modern

Address or physical location:
600 St. Peter Street New Orleans, Louisiana

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