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Civil War Walking Tour Through the French Quarter

  • See historic sites related to the Civil War in the French Quarter
  • Examine political, social, and economic aspects of the conflict with a historian guide
  • Learn about the transition from antebellum to postwar life in New Orleans
Civil War Walking Tour Through the French Quarter
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Revisit one of the most important chapters in New Orleans history on a Civil War walking tour. Stroll through the French Quarter while learning about the major role the city played in financing the war, life during the Union occupation, and how New Orleans escaped destruction, unlike many other southern cities. Hear stories of pivotal politicians and examine how the conflict reshaped the lives of slaves and black soldiers on this fact-filled look back to the 1860s.
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This Civil War French Quarter Walking about is offered twice a day; 12 noon and 6 p.m.  The tour meets and begins from in front of James Cohen & Sons, located at 437 Royal Street, in the heart of the French Quarter.  After meeting and greeting one another, the guide will gives guest a foundation introduction as to who lived in New Orleans when the American Civil War started, because to understand who lives in New Orleans when the war begins will help to understand what took place during the war, and why New Orleans was spared destruction, unlike other southern cities.  

With an introductory foundation into who made up New Orleans in 1861, the tour will walk to its first stop to discuss the significance of New Orleans banking.  When the American Civil War began in April, 1861, Louisiana banks were the most sound of all banks in the United States, and as a country cannot fight a war without the means to pay for it, this will help guests to gain a better understanding of how important New Orleans was to the war effort; first for the Union before the war begin, and then for the Confederacy.  Next, guest will have two stops that both discuss prominent politicians who lived in the French Quarter, and who were directly involved in working to gain Southern independence and recognition by Europe to support the Confederacy, as well as the defense of New Orleans.  

As the tour continues, we stop to discuss the capture of the city by the United States navy, and how the city was brought to surrender only thirteen months after the start of the Civil War, as well as how did the city escape destruction, like so many other towns and cities throughout the South.  The next stop will discuss slavery in antebellum New Orleans, and the role free people of color played first for the defense of New Orleans, then for the Union, along with how the Union army viewed runaway slaves and then black soldiers.  Next on the tour will be a stop where we discuss the election of 1860 and the reaction by New Orleans citizens.  And finally, the tour will end in Jackson Square where we briefly discuss the rule of General Benjamin "the Beast" Butler, and his heavy-handed rule over the city.
Reviews (16)
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Reviewed 25 September 2018 via mobile
Terrific snapshot

The tour uses the Civil War as a lens through which the people, heritage, politics and economy of this fascinating city are revealed. It was extremely well-researched, scoped and insightful - full of SUPER interesting factoids. We felt lucky to have found this meticulous and...More

Thank augustvisit0r
Reviewed 6 July 2018
Fascinating, factual, and so much fun!

DON'T MISS THIS!!! As a fervent lover of history (and frequent traveler) I have taken my fair share of historic tours, and I am sometimes disappointed that so many are led by unenthusiastic guides who casually spread myths and misinformation. By contrast, Civil War Tours...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Emily P
Reviewed 16 April 2018
Don't miss this!

We took the Civil War walking tour of the French Quarter with Nic during our visit last week. We were spellbound, hanging on his every word. He is extremely knowledgeable about the history of New Orleans and is a wonderful storyteller. When he found out...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Kathryn D
Reviewed 12 March 2018
Fantastic NOLA tour

I visit New Orleans several times a year and have taken a different tour nearly every time I go. Nick, our tour guide, was recommended by a local so I knew he had to be good. Nick is very passionate about the Civil War and...More

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank Jane J
Reviewed 12 March 2018

Nick is an excellent and enthusiastic tour guide. He presents New Orleans history in a fascinating way. The tour is not just about the Civil War. We would recommend this tour to anyone interested in learning about the South, the Antebellum era and New Orleans.

Date of experience: February 2018
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It was about 2 hours from start to finish, I thought it was a perfect amount of time :)
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