New Orleans was the strongest card in the hand of the Confederacy at the outbreak of the War. But early in the morning of April 24th Farragut ran past two forts and made a run for New Orleans.
After a duel with Confederate ships at English Turn, Farragut's fleet weighed anchor at New Orleans and demanded the surrender of this largest and most important port in the South. On April 28, 1862the City surrendered. If the Confederates could have kept the city, that might have been the key to winning the war. (Ah, what might have been).
Only Rhett Butler, in Gone With the Wind seemed to be able to run through the blockades! Too bad the Confederate army couldn't!