"The Louisiana Outrages--Attack Upon the Police in the Streets of New Orleans"

Harper's Weekly1874-10-03

Amistad Research Center

Amistad Research Center
New Orleans, United States

Eight years following the 1866 riot in New Orleans, the city again saw open conflict between armed groups seeking to control the city and state. On September 14, 1874, the Democratic-Conservative White League attacked the Republican Metropolitan Police and forcibly deposed Governor William Pitt Kellog, who had been elected in 1872. President Ulysses S. Grant ordered the U.S. army to reinstate Kellogg three days later, but the White League victory marked a turning point in the balance of power in Louisiana and led to the end of Reconstruction policies in the state. Dubbed “The Battle of Liberty Place” by the White League and its supporters, the conflict became a symbol of racial pride by white supremacists. The monument later erected to commemorate the White League dead stood from 1891 until its removal by the city of New Orleans in 2017.


  • Title: "The Louisiana Outrages--Attack Upon the Police in the Streets of New Orleans"
  • Creator: Harper's Weekly
  • Date Created: 1874-10-03
  • Location Created: New York
  • Type: Document
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