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Old 13 Jun 14, 16:56
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Fort Jackson and St. Phillip

I am visiting New Orleans next week with some friends and family and was wanting to go visit Fort Jackson. Has anyone been lately? It is my understanding that St. Phillip is in private hands. If so, is it going to be preserved? I hope so! Also, are there any good restaurants in the area that serve good fresh seafood?
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I always wanted to go but it is a hardship to get pass New Orleans with its good drink and food.

An episode of TRUE DETECTIVES I saw recently was filmed in and around one of the forts. The serial killer lived nearby and had a voodoo shrine set inside the fort. The environment was creepy and heavy vegetation like a swamp.

Watch for the snakes with only the Moccasin being poisonous. Rest likely water snakes with a stinging bite but no poison. The bad one is stumpy and black with a viper head but can be four or five foot. It is very hot and humid here and they sleep heavily during the day but explode in violence if awaken by your foot. Please do not kill them as they live there no you.

Anyway while you are there could you give us a report on the Federal mortar fire effect upon the said Fort as delivered by the Federal Mortar fleet in that fateful battle???
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There is only road access to Fort Jackson. The Fort is a bit past Buras on Highway 23. If you find yourself in Venice, you have gone too far! That is as far South as you can drive in Louisiana!

Back in the 90's I drove a "part" to my brother who was sitting on an oil rig in Buras. It is hard to believe the houses I saw then are all gone now. There was once many more people here. I recall three high schools (Buras, Bootheville and Venice). Now there is only a South Plaquemines High, in Buras. That is the longest trip I have ever made in Louisiana!

Google Plaquemines Parish Map and enlarge the Google Map until you can find the fort.

I can't tell you any restaurants in the Big Easy, but there is an eating place in Buras off of highway 11. Check it out on the Google map. For some reason I remember a "Popeyes" in Buras from my road trip. Bear in mind there is a levee by the River and another on the other side to keep the Gulf out. Both have been swamped in hurricanes.

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Thanks you two. I am all to familiar with the "Cottonmouth". I hear mosquitos are the biggest problem down that way. We have our share here and the humidity as well. Someone from the chamber of commerce site of Plaquemines Parish returned my email and said that you can't go inside the fort because it was damaged by Hurricane Isaac and that St. Phillip is on private land and not restoration has been done or planned. I understand that it is probably hard to keep these forts up but I believe something needs to be done. I'll have to check on the mortar fire. I still haven't decided if I want to go that far below New Orleans yet or not.
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Thanks you two. I am all to familiar with the "Cottonmouth". I hear mosquitos are the biggest problem down that way. We have our share here and the humidity as well. Someone from the chamber of commerce site of Plaquemines Parish returned my email and said that you can't go inside the fort because it was damaged by Hurricane Isaac and that St. Phillip is on private land and not restoration has been done or planned. I understand that it is probably hard to keep these forts up but I believe something needs to be done. I'll have to check on the mortar fire. I still haven't decided if I want to go that far below New Orleans yet or not.
Have a safe trip. Look forward to your pics when you return!
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No lack of delicious food in the Big Easy Savez! One of my favorites was an alligator 'Po Boy. For your sweet tooth, get some beignets at the Café Du Mond. The New Orleans mint is worth a visit as well!

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I would be shocked if you disclose you have not seen the CAIRO gunboat on full display at Vicksburg. She lies there like a beautiful sexy woman for you to look over but not touch. I get goose bumps just to be near her. Having been aware of your fondness for Civil War Naval matters, this is a must to see and appreciate. Oh how I love her!
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I would be shocked if you disclose you have not seen the CAIRO gunboat on full display at Vicksburg. She lies there like a beautiful sexy woman for you to look over but not touch. I get goose bumps just to be near her. Having been aware of your fondness for Civil War Naval matters, this is a must to see and appreciate. Oh how I love her!
I have seen her. She's an amazing piece of machinery. I just came back from the Columbus Naval Museum. Its a great museum for Civil War navy buffs.
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I was unable to visit the Forts. Maybe next time. I did, however, take a detour on the way home and visited Vicksburg and the Cairo. I'll try and post some pictures later. Been fairly busy lately.
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