Some Park Sites Closed May 17-18
Staff from throughout the park will be at the Barataria Preserve for BioBlitz May 17-18 (you're invited too!). See how this will effect operations at other sites and learn more about BioBlitz by following the link. More »
The Civil War
The Civil War (1861-1865) changed the United States profoundly. It affected the lives of every man, woman, and child in the United States in some way. Millions gained their freedom. Hundreds of thousands died. Thousands more were wounded, saw their homes destroyed, or lost friends or family members.
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the greatest test that the United States has ever faced, the National Park Service has created free Civil War trading cards that explore the war itself and its aftermath of Civil War to civil rights. Jean Lafitte has a total of nine trading cards. To earn a card, go to the information desk at a site's visitor center and tell the ranger something you know about the Civil War. If you don't know anything about the Civil War, ask the ranger a question. All Jean Lafitte sites have more than one card; if you want to earn a second or third card on your visit, ask the ranger how. Please note that trading cards are only available in person or by clicking here, where you can download cards from all participating NPS sites, including Jean Lafitte.
Jean Lafitte's Civil War trading cards as available as follows:
A list of which cards are at which Jean Lafitte sites and site addresses and phone numbers is here.
Find out more about the Civil War at
Did You Know?
Two volunteer battalions of free men of color fought in the Battle of New Orleans in 1815. These men were the first black American troops to receive pay, equipment, pensions, and bounty land grants equal to that of their white counterparts.