Fort Donelson, Fort Pickens, Arkansas Post, Forts Jackson and St. Philip, Fort Pillow, Fotress Monroe, Fort Steedman and thus the list can go on for a long time of well known forts during the Civil War. Then there is...Fort Burton. There is a serious lack of major academic work on Louisiana west of the Mississippi during the war-but its changing and growing! Fort Burton in Butte-la-Rose, Louisiana is another little piece of Louisiana history that doesn't cross many pages of Civil War books. I found a few images over the past few months while doing "some work " on the Battle of Bayou Borbeau and thought I'd throw them on the blog.
Richard Taylor began contstruction on Fort Burton in late 1862, after he took command of the District of Western Louisiana. In a letter to John C. Pemberton dated 21 November 1862, Taylor said: "I have commenced erecting a work on the Atchafalaya at the Butte-à-la-Rose. This is the only point on that stream at which all the numerous branches and arms unite in one channel. If it can be held, it secures us the free use of the Upper Atchafalaya, and gives us a means of transporting salt, &c., to Vicksburg so long as we control the Mississippi." (OR, vol. 15, p. 873). In another letter to Pemberton dated 20 February 1863 Taylor reported that, "my battery on the Atchafalya at Butte-la-Rose is ready for action." (OR, vol. 24, p. 38).
Images of Fort Burton below. The sateliette images were found online and several of the drawings were from Union regimental histories that served in the area.