Fort Macomb


Previously named Fort Wood, it was built around 1815 on the site of an older fort named Chef Menteur. Nine miles from Fort Pike, architect Simon Bernard's structure was thought to be impregnable to enemy troops attacking in the narrow straits of lakes Borgne and St. Catherine. In 1822, the fort was renamed to honor Alexander Macomb, a War of 1812 hero.

Never used for offensive purposes, the for was utilized as a staging area for supplies during the Second Seminole and Mexican Wars. In 1862, Union troops siezed the fort and used it for training exercises and barracks.

Fort Macomb is considered a Third System fort. These defenses were built to last, unlike the first and second system constructions built of inferior materials (see Fort Petite Coquilles: Site 3). Third system forts were made to protect the nation's waterways from attack and usually housed more cannon than their earlier counterparts.

This fort features the same general design as Fort Pike; unlike its sister fort, Macomb is in poor condition due to the encroachment of Lake Catherine.

Site 2: Fort Pike Volunteer Fire Department
26812 Highway 90
New Orleans, LA 70129
(Intersection of Hwy 90 and Schemke)

Distance: 9.5 miles

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"United States Seacoast Defense Construction 1781-1948". Costal Defense Study Group Incorporated. <>.

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