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Fort Jackson

Triumph, Louisiana
County of Plaquemines.
West Bank of Mississippi River, 2.5 miles southeast of Triumph
National Register Number: 66000379
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Defense - fortification. The threat level was Threatened in
Congressional District: LA-3 Certified Local Government: NO
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Current use/information: Local Park.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - December 19, 1960):
Constructed 1822-1832 to help guard the Mississippi River approaches to New Orleans, the fort saw no military action until the Civil War, when along with Fort St. Philip on the opposite bank it formed part of the most important link in the defense of New Orleans. After a six-day bombardment ending April 24, 1862, these forts were passed by the Union Navy under Flag-Officer David G. Farragut; New Orleans surrendered, depriving the Confederacy of an important port and opening up the river initially for Union forces from New Orleans to Vicksburg.

The fort was hit by both Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and was under water for approximately one month. The fort walls were destabilized by the hurricane winds that blew over the huge trees that sit atop the walls, and the resultant water infiltration is contributing to further decay. It has been recommended that the trees be removed, but this is a challenging and expensive operation based on their size.

FEMA will fund some of these measures, but far more funding and work are needed to ensure the integrity of the fort.

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