Jackson Barracks is the headquarters of the Louisiana National Guard. It is located in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans, Louisiana. The base was established in 1834 and was originally known as New Orleans Barracks. On July 7, 1866, it was renamed in honor of Andrew Jackson. The National Register of Historic Places listed Jackson Barracks in 1976.Use our New Orleans trip planning website to arrange your visit to Jackson Barracks Military Museum and other attractions in New Orleans.
After the War of 1812, the U.S. Congress realized coastal cities did not have adequate defenses, so they prescribed the Federal Fortifications Act. The Act, signed by Congress on July 19, 1832, provided over $180,000 (USD) for the acquisition of lands, the building of barracks to house U.S. Troops, and the establishment of command and control centers. On December 14, 1833, the Federal government purchased a 100 by 300-yard property from Pierre Cotteret to establish a new barracks in New Orleans to support the new Forts Pike, Macomb, Jackson, Livingston, and St. Philip.
Lieutenant Frederick Wilkinson, designed and supervised the building of the new logistics base; built from 1832 to 1836, the new Barracks called “New Orleans Barracks” housed four infantry companies and was equipped with a prison, a storehouse, and four 3-story guard towers. His quadrangle design, in the center of the post, was intended to be a rallying point in the event of an attack. The backs of the buildings were designed with no outward facing windows and acted as a wall. A 10-foot brick facade joined the houses and fortified the post. The front of the Barracks by the river, had a levee, road, railroad, and a trolly-car track for supplements. The back of the Barracks by St. Claude Avenue, housed a powder magazine to store ammunition. The first troops were in the barracks by February 1837.
Jackson Barracks Military Museum Reviews
This place is a hidden gem. If you want to not have to pay for the WW2 museum and get an awesome experience. This is is the spot. The people that work there are absolutely amazing. They came out to gr... more »
If you have a car, I think this is a must visit. We spent about two hours here looking at all the exhibits. The Katrina one was especially well done - gave a good look at what it was like for the nati... more »
A great museum! So many tanks and planes! Kids will love it. There is an excellent section regarding Hurricane Katrina and the role of the LA National Guard during the recovery. We will definitely be back!
Small museum but they cover everything from the founding of New Orleans to the present. The curator and the historian are very knowledgeable. They have a variety of very interesting displays.
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