• Tourists rode the steamboat from New Orleans. Robert Fulton's new steamboat invention came to N.O. in 1825; it was the main mode of transportation to the river parishes during antebellum years.

Civil War Re-enactment

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Oak Alley Plantation, Vacherie, La. Trivia: no battle occurred here, but Oak Alley like other plantations along the river. was bombarded by passing fedral gunboats that plied up and down the river between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Because it sat further back at the end of its alley oaks that lead from the river to the main house, it was perhaps harder for the cannon balls to hit the main house. Down river at Duparc & Locoul (Laura), the family made the escape to the Louisiana Teche area - escaping with baby Laura under cover of a silver serving piece. The town of Donaldsonville, about fifteen miles upriver was a major bombardment target by the Union forces.

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  1. sixpounder 93 months ago | reply

    Spectators traveling to a reenactment via steamboat. How cool is that.

  2. RPhotos2008 93 months ago | reply

    Only in New Orleans, cher!

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