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Baton Rouge (băt-ŭn′roozh), the capital of the state of Louisiana, is situated on the left bank of the Mississippi River. It was one of the earliest French settlements. The state house, state university and many other public buildings are there. The city was occupied by Federal troops during the Civil War, after the capture of New Orleans, and defended by General Williams against a Confederate force led by General Breckenridge. General Williams was killed during the contest. Population, 14,897.