Discussion in 'History' started by bdtex, Jan 20, 2017.
Visited there on 1/13/2017.
Only about 1/3,maybe a little less,of the battlefield is preserved in the state park. The rest is privately owned,mostly by Georgia Pacific Railroad Company. Some of it is swamp now formed when the Mississippi River changed course in the 1870's. There is a neat little museum there and a 6 mile walking trail. The walking trail covers some of the best preserved original earthworks of any Civil War battlefield. It is a tough march. I walked the entire trail. There are 3 original cannons on the grounds too.
These are 2 of the original cannons on display... a 32-Pounder and an 8-inch Shell Gun. Both were used in the battle:
Going back this weekend for a re-enactment:
3/25/2017 to 3/26/2017 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Siege of Port Hudson Reenactment, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m, each day. Visitors will have access to volunteer re-enactors in Union and Confederate campsites performing typical activities of the assaults. Soldiers dressed in authentic reproduction uniforms will be on hand to answer questions pertaining to the siege during the summer of 1863. The three branches of the services – artillery, cavalry and infantry will be portrayed as well as cooks, laundresses and sutlers. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
I'm going to give this info to my DIL's parents. They're really into Civil War Re-enactments & love everything civil war..... and would love this! Thanks!
Do they live in Louisiana?
No, they live in Michigan. But when they can they'll travel around for them.
That's a pretty good drive. It's a little over 4 hours to Port Hudson from where I live.
Ya...they'd have to plan for it to have the time off. He's retired, but she isn't yet. But if they're interested, they'll make it happen!
Getting excited about this event. Leaving early Thursday to see some other sites. Little rain in the forecast Saturday so I'm not sure how that will effect the event. Saving a museum or 2 to be on standby for Saturday just in case. Sunday weather forecast looks good. Got a back issue of Blue & Gray Magazine about Port Hudson yesterday. Boning up for the trip
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