Fort Pike photography part of Louisiana Life article on Civil War sesquicentennial
The Civil War ended 150 years ago, and Louisiana Life marked the sesquicentennial of the War Between the States with an article in its May/June issue featuring one of my photos of the tunnels of Fort Pike.
Fort Pike was actually built following the War of 19812 to protect one of the naval approaches to New Orleans. It was one of several such military installations erected after the British assaulted New Orleans during that conflict.
I captured the photo on a visit to the old fort in April 2014 as part of a New Orleans photo excursion with buddies Dave Morefield, Tim Stanley and Jeremy Mancuso. We had secured permission from the Louisiana Office of State Parks to shoot neighboring Fort Macomb, which has been closed to the public for years due to its deteriorating condition. While we awaited our tour guide, we captured some images of Fort Pike.
The image is a high dynamic range (HDR) image, a process involving taking several frames of different exposures that allowed me to capture details of the darkened tunnel and the bright daylight outside one of the tunnels. A print of this image now hangs in the Office of State Parks headquarters.
A Confederate States of America garrison took over the 19th century military installation when the Civil War began in 1861, but possession reverted to the United States Army when New Orleans fell in 1861.
Fire ravaged the barracks in 1867, and Fort Pike was decommissioned in 1871.