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The Lakes of PontchartrainTheir History and Environments$
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Robert W. Hastings

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781604732719

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604732719.001.0001

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(p.62) 6. Civil War
The Lakes of Pontchartrain

Robert W. Hastings

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter discusses events involving the Pontchartrain basin during the Civil War. Lake Pontchartrain and New Orleans were controlled by Union forces for most of the war. The most significant military presence on Lake Pontchartrain was provided by the Union gunboat New London, under the command of Captain Abner Read. One of the most significant historical events in Lake Pontchartrain was the testing of some of the first submarines.

Keywords:   military presence, New Orleans, Union forces, submarines, Pontchartrain basin

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