The Delta Engineers: A History of the United States Army Corps of Engineers In the New Orleans District
ARMY ENGINEER DISTRICT NEW ORLEANS LA CORPS OF ENGINEERS
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As the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers approaches its two hundredth anniversary, its districts and divisions, at the direction of the Chief of Engineers, have undertaken to explore their own past and prepare histories of the work which they have carried out in the service of the United States. The undersigned soon after his arrival in July 1968 directed the preparation of an interim pamphlet size abbreviated history to be followed by a detailed history in depth as soon as a qualified historian could be employed. In March 1970 the New Orleans District engaged the services of a professional historian to unravel its own long and intricate history. Dr. Cowdrey has produced a fine account of the District, its achievements and problems. Some of our people would have preferred a more personal record, others a more technical account of the engineering concepts which underlie our work. Instead he has viewed the Delta Engineers as a living organization, to be related both to the development of the national Corps and to the broad movements of American history. The document that follows is more than just a history of the New Orleans District - it is also a history of the waterways of Louisiana from the first arrival of civilized man to the present time. It is a work in which all those who have played a part in the work of the district, both past and present, can take pride.
- Hydrology, Limnology and Potamology
- Civil Engineering
- Military Forces and Organizations