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Baton Rouge in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)

Capture Of Baton Rouge by Galvez, 1779

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November 26, 2010
1. Capture Of Baton Rouge by Galvez 1779 Marker
Inscription. This plaque depicts the surrender of the British fort at Baton Rouge, by Lt. Colonel Alexander Dickson to Bernardo de Galvez, Governor of Spanish Louisiana, on September 21, 1779. Also surrendered were all other British posts along the Lower Mississippi.

The Spanish forces, consisting of about 750 regulars, carabineers, militiamen and free blacks, left New Orleans on August 27, 1779. After being joined by about 150 Indians and another 600 militiamen from the German and Acadian coasts and other parts of Louisiana, they captured the British Fort Bute, at Bayou Manchac. Accompanying the expedition were nine Americans, "under America's banners," commanded by Oliver Pollock, the New Orleans agent of the Continental Congress.

As a result of the surrender, which occurred after an eight-day siege, and a three-hour bombardment by the Spanish forces, military supplies could be sent upriver from New Orleans to the American Army. The British fort at Baton Rouge was manned by 400 regular troops, including members of the German Waldeck Regiment and 100 local planters and blacks.

This plaque was made from a 1976 bicentennial lithograph by Sigmund Abeles.

Dedicated to the memory of Erich Sternberg Goudchaux's, Inc. September, 1979
Erected 1979.
Location. 30° 26.783′ N, 91° 11.313′ W. Marker is in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in East Baton Rouge Parish. Marker can be reached from North Boulevard west of St Louis Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Located in Galvez Plaza park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 North Boulevard, Baton Rouge LA 70802, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Marcha de Galvez (a few steps from this marker); Repentance Fountain (within shouting distance of this marker); Oliver Pollock (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Early Gunsmith Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); Merci Train (within shouting distance of this marker); Baton Rouge Confederate Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); The Founding Of Baton Rouge (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Flag Of France (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baton Rouge.
Categories. Colonial EraForts, CastlesPatriots & PatriotismSettlements & SettlersWar, US Revolutionary
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 9, 2015. This page has been viewed 295 times since then and 25 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on July 9, 2015. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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