Jackson Barracks Historic Garrison overview

The Historic Garrison section of Jackson Barracks consists of the original post constructed in the 1830s. These 19 buildings, surrounded by a 12 foot wall, served four companies of US Army regulars. By the 1830s, the Army decided it needed a…

Jackson Barracks: The Museum Complex

In 1974, the Louisiana Military History and State Weapons Museum was established at Jackson Barracks. By the end of the decade it was housed in the old Powder Magazine, a building dating to 1837. Due to the nature of the structure (holding munitions…

Jackson Barracks: Fleming Hall

In the 1920s, Jackson Barracks was transferred from the regular Army to the state's National Guard. From 1936 to1940, Louisiana adjutant general Raymond H. Fleming utilized the federal Works Progress Administration to provide renovation and new…

Jackson Barracks: Beauregard Drive

The second-oldest area of the post is currently referred to as "Beauregard Drive," after the street that runs from Fleming Hall to the river levee. The land it sits on was originally purchased by the Army for use as a hospital during the Mexican War…

Buffalo Soldiers at Greenville Encampment

The Greenville encampment is a notable site for African-American military history. In 1866, Major General Phillip Sheridan, commander of the Department of the Gulf, organized a regiment of African American cavalry, designated the 9th Cavalry…

Greenville Encampment: Sedgwick Hospital

Sedgwick Hospital was one of many that existed in the area to service the military during and after the war. Greenville, located along the lower boundary (Lowerline Street) of Carrollton, formed from the former land of Pierre Foucher. The Foucher…

Camp Parapet: The Union

After the Confederate retreat and Admiral Farragut's capture of New Orleans and the surrounding area by May 1, 1862, federal forces continued to use the fortification and even improved it significantly. Most of the work was conducted by "contraband"…

Camp Parapet: The Confederacy

Camp Parapet was built within the current boundaries of Jefferson Parish when Carrollton was still the commercial center of the parish. Intended to help defend against both a naval and land attack, a jagged line of fortifications stretched from…