New Orleans Maps

1863 Populated Areas/Civil War Fortifications

Unknown Dates
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John McDonogh died in 1850 – much of his bequest was used to build schools but a portion of his property was set aside for City Park. The 4th District Court's 1854 designation of approximately 100 acres of the property as a public park makes it one of the oldest in the nation. This 1863 map of Civil War fortifications shows City Park in the center, relatively isolated from the city.
Military installments included here are Fort Banks on the West Bank, Camp Parapet on what is now Causeway Boulevard in Old Jefferson, the Depot of Army Stores in what is now Old Metairie, a fortification at what is now the cemeteries area at Canal and City Park Avenue, and forts along Bayou St. John,  Elysian Fields near Gentilly Road, and on Bayou Sauvage (aka Bayou Gentilly).