New Orleans in Orleans Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
United States Customhouse
Has been designated a
This site possesses national significance
in commemorating the
history of the
United States of America
Erected 1974 by National Park Service - United States Department of the Interior.
Location. 29° 57.102′ N, 90° 3.989′ W. Marker is in New Orleans, Louisiana, in Orleans Parish. Marker is at the intersection of Canal Street and Decatur/Magazine Street, on the right when traveling west on Canal Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 423 Canal Street, New Orleans LA 70130, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Canal Street Historic District (within shouting distance of this marker); 114 Magazine Street (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bank’s Arcade (about 800 feet away); U.S. Branch Bank (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Birthplace of “Dixie” (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bank of Louisiana in New Orleans (approx. 0.2 miles away); Conway’s Court (approx. 0.2 miles away); Edgar Degas House (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Orleans.
Also see . . .
1. U.S. Customs House, New Orleans. (Submitted on February 16, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. "Old Pete" at Liberty Place [September 14, 1874]. ...Old Pete's militia and metropolitan police under A.S. Badger, were outnumbered more than two to one. At the ripe age of fifty-three, [Gen. James] Longstreet found himself in the midst of the worst street fight in U.S. history. The two sides, Republicans vs. Democrats, exchanged volleys and a fifteen-minute battle ensured. When the smoke cleared, more than 100 people lay dead or wounded. Longstreet's forces were not up to the task and, despite superior weaponry, they broke ranks and were routed. Most fled into the streets of the Latin Quarter. Longstreet suffered the humiliation of being wounded by a spent bullet and was captured by the mob. [Gov. William P.] Kellogg remained in hiding on U.S. property at the Customs House. Within days, Federal gunboats and fresh troops arrived and restored order to "The Big Easy." But, as history demonstrated, the aftermath was anything but easy. (Submitted on February 24, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Additional keywords. "Old Post Office"; Reconstruction; Battle of Liberty Place; Customs House; James Longstreet, Surveyor
Categories. • Antebellum South, US • Government • Politics •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 18, 2017. This page originally submitted on February 16, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,301 times since then and 126 times this year. Last updated on March 2, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 16, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 3. submitted on February 24, 2015. 4, 5. submitted on January 13, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.