Battle of Liberty Place

Tour curated by: Gordon Chadwick

In 1874, Reconstruction Era tensions led to the Battle of Liberty Place. Fought between militant conservative Democrats known as the White League and Federalist forces led by the Municipal Police, the main battle led to a 3-day period in which the White League controlled New Orleans. It also helped to return white Southern Democrats to power in the city. In 1891, a monument was erected on Canal Street to honor the White League. Now largely hidden from public view, the monument has had a strange history of its own.

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The Battle of Liberty Place, which took place on September 14, 1874, exemplified the hostility that existed in Reconstruction-era New Orleans between the old social order on one side and so-called "carpetbaggers" and native Republicans on…

On Canal Street, Reconstruction forces prepared to defend the state government and, most importantly, Governor Kellogg. Though the state used the St. Louis Hotel on Royal Street as its government building, Kellogg took shelter in the U.S. Custom…

Just two days after the battle, the Daily Picayune suggested the creation of a monument, and in 1882 the city set aside land for a marker. Finally, in 1891, the monument materialized due to the efforts of a group called the Fourteenth of September…