LSU students dig into Civil-War era history

LSU graduate archaeology student Brian Hess once studied American Indians of the western United States, but he’s now trying his hand at Civil War archaeology on part of a major Louisiana battlefield.

Hess, from Seattle, is studying Union Siege Battery 8 — or what’s left of it — at the Port Hudson State Historic Site north of Baton Rouge, the last Confederate stronghold on the Mississippi River.

Federal troops fired 12-inch Napoleon cannons and highly accurate 3-inch ordinance rifles at a Confederate position known as “Fort Desperate,” said Port Hudson Manager Gregg Potts and Curator Mike Fraering.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE STORY THEN COME BACK TO COMMENT

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.