Jackson Barracks: The Historic Garrison's lost buildings

Stop 2 of 10 in the Jackson Barracks tour

The only buildings that have been lost from the 1830s complex are the post's original headquarters and the two towers that were nearest the river. In 1912, new levee construction required their demolition. A major river entrance was no longer necessary, nor were fortress-like guard towers. The two north towers still remain, however, and there is a rarely used front gate on the river.

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Jackson Barracks original Headquarters, front, circa 1910

Jackson Barracks original Headquarters, front, circa 1910

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Headquarters rear, facing river, pre-1912

Headquarters rear, facing river, pre-1912

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One of the south towers being demolished, circa 1912

One of the south towers being demolished, circa 1912

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Earliest depiction of Jackson Barracks

Earliest depiction of Jackson Barracks

Shows the original headquarters building and the two south towers from the river. Image from Gibson's Guide and Directory of the State of Louisiana, 1838 View File Details Page

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Rhett Breerwood, “Jackson Barracks: The Historic Garrison's lost buildings,” New Orleans Historical, accessed April 30, 2017, http://neworleanshistorical.org/items/show/751.

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