Inter-war period. New Orleans keel was laid on 14 March 1931, at the New York Navy Yard, commonly known as the Brooklyn Navy Yard.The ship was launched on 12 April 1933, sponsored by Cora S. Jahncke, a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, and daughter of Ernest L. Jahncke, a civil engineer and president of the Jahncke Shipbuilding Co. in New Orleans.
The Civil War and Reconstruction. Union troops captured Confederate New Orleans in May 1862 and occupied the region for the remainder of the Civil War. Afterward, a racially integrated Reconstruction-era government passed a progressive state constitution and sought to establish civil rights for emancipated slaves.
The Battle of Forts Jackson and St. Philip (April 18–28, 1862) was the decisive battle for possession of New Orleans in the American Civil War.The two Confederate forts on the Mississippi River south of the city were attacked by a Union Navy fleet.