It appears the research for answers about the mutiny at Fort Jackson, Louisiana never goes away. For several years as a Civil War reenactor I attended reenactments at Fort Jackson. This very subject was always the topic of conversation around our campfire.
The following is a quote form an article entitled "Fort Jackson During the Civil War," by Donald G. Hunter and Sally K. Reeves. The article is from a Cultural Resource Investigation in the Vicinity of Fort Jackson, Plaquemines, Louisiana done by Coastal Environments, Inc. for the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, April 1990.
"Available evidence suggest that life at Fort Jackson during the Civil War was empty and full of privation. The garrison that manned the fort during the attack by a Union fleet from April 15 to April 24, 1862, suffered simultaneously from flood, fire, fear, and lack of sleep. During the bombardment of Fort Jackson by Colonel David Porter's 21 schooner motar fleet, 7500 shells were lobbed into and around the fort. Two thousand 200-lb bombs fired by Porter's 13-in mortars hit the fort on 17 April 1862 alone. At Fort Jackson, 9 were killed and 21 wounded, the only soldiers ever killed there defending their country."
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Roland R. Stansbury, Director