Civil War re-enactment to be held at Port Hudson

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
Actors portray the 1863 Siege of Port Hudson.

Port Hudson State Historic Site will host its annual re-enactment of the Siege of Port Hudson on Saturday and Sunday, March 25-26 for the battle's 154th anniversary year.

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., volunteer re-enactors in Union and Confederate uniforms will stage activities characteristic of the 1863 siege. Artillery, cavalry, and infantry branches as well as the cooks, laundresses, and tradesmen, or sutlers who accompanied the armies will be portrayed. Main re-enactment battles will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.

The Siege of Port Hudson lasted May 22 through July 9, 1863, marking the longest siege on American soil. Thousands of men died during the significant victory in the Union's strategy to control the Mississippi and Red Rivers, cutting off Confederate forces from much-needed supplies.

In addition to battle re-enactments, visitors can enjoy living history demonstrations and a class on Civil War-era dance. Reproductions of Civil War merchandise will be available for purchase at the picnic area near the main battlefield, including concessions from the Zachary High School band.

Port Hudson State Historic Site, designated a National Historic Landmark in 1974, is located on U.S. Hwy 61 near Zachary, about 15 minutes north of Baton Rouge. For more information, call 888-677-3400 toll free or 654-3775, locally.

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