PORT HUDSON STATE HISTORIC SITE TO HOST 158TH ANNIVERSARY OF CIVIL WAR PORT HUDSON HEADQUARTERS

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To commemorate the 158th anniversary of the “Siege of Port Hudson,” the Port Hudson State Historic Site will host its annual re-enactment on Saturday and Sunday, November 6 and 7, 2021. From 9 am to 5 pm each day, volunteers are visiting. actors dressed in Union and Confederate uniforms will stage activities typical of the summer of 1863. Artillery, cavalry and infantry will be represented, as well as the cooks, laundresses and valets who accompanied the armies. The main reenactment battles will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.

From May 22 to July 9, 1863, the longest siege on American soil claimed the lives of thousands of men 158 years ago in Port Hudson. The siege was a significant victory in the Union’s strategy to control the Mississippi and Red Rivers, cutting Confederate forces off much needed supplies. The Port Hudson State Historic Site annually honors soldiers on both sides of the war with Civil War battle reenactments and displays.

In addition to battle reenactments, visitors can enjoy living history demonstrations, a Civil War era dance class, and artillery and gunboat demonstrations. Reproductions of Civil War merchandise will be on sale, along with concessions and cold drinks sold by Zachary High School JROTC.

Admission to the site and event is $ 4 per person; free for children (3 and under) and seniors (62 and over). The Port Hudson State Historic Site is located on US Hwy. 61 near Zachary, about 15 minutes north of Baton Rouge. For more information, call 888-677-3400 (toll free) or 225-654-3775.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Saturday 6 November 2021

9h00 Opening of the park

10:00 a.m. Duel Code

11:00 Artillery demonstration

Noon Civil War Dance Class

1:00 p.m. Gunboat demonstration

2:00 p.m. Battle reenactment

3:00 p.m. Medical demonstration

5:00 p.m. The park closes

Sunday, November 7, 2021

9h00 Opening of the park

10:00 a.m. Reenactor’s Church Service

11:00 Duel Code

Noon Artillery demonstration

1:30 p.m. Battle reenactment

2:30 p.m. Medical demonstration

3:30 p.m. Gunboat demonstration

5:00 p.m. The park closes


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