Dr. Stephen Michot to hold lecture on South Louisiana's Swamp War, 1864-65

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

After the Union capture of Vicksburg and Port Hudson in 1863, unconventional war continued to rage for control of the vital economic Lafourche district lying west of New Orleans and the Mississippi River.

Confederate partisan bands raiding out of the Atchafalaya basin interrupted Union efforts at peaceful occupation and pre-reconstruction. The results were a virtual guerrilla war in the swamps that tested the mettle of civilians and combatants alike.

Dr. Stephen Michot will present his PowerPoint presentation on Guerilla Fighting in South Louisiana during the Civil War for the Young-Sanders Center on Saturday May 4 in Franklin, Louisiana at 1:30 in the Afternoon.

Dr. Stephen Michot is Professor of History and Director of Criminal Justice at Nicholls State University holding a Ph.D. from Mississippi State University. Over the past 40 years, he has served in law enforcement and security, the military with a tour of duty in Iraq, and in education. His publications include Lafourche Country II; Lafourche Country III: “Friction in War: The Effects of Climate, Disease, and Morale at the Battle of Labadieville"; "The African-American Experience in Louisiana's Lafourche Region during the Civil War"; "In Relief of Port Hudson Richard Taylor's 1863 Offensive"; and "War is Still Raging in this Part of the Country: Oath-taking, Conscription, and Guerrilla War in Louisiana's Lafourche Region."

Dr. Michot has served on the boards of the Louisiana Historical Association, the Historic New Orleans Collection, the Young-Sanders Center, YMCA, Faculty Senate, and University of Louisiana Systems Board of Supervisors Academic Affairs Committee and Faculty Advisory Council.

The Young-Sanders Center is located at 701 Teche Drive next to the Bayou Teche and a half block from the St. Mary Parish Court House. Dr. Michot's presentation is open to the public. For further information call us at 1 337-413-1861.

Contributed by the Young-Sanders Center