Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne promises new tourism brand, Civil War commemorations for Louisiana

Louisiana will soon market its offerings to potential visitors under a new brand, and the state will organize public events exploring its participation in the Civil War to commemorate the conflict’s upcoming 150th anniversary, Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne said Wednesday to a group of civic and business leaders in Slidell.
Dardenne, the state’s top tourism official, did [...]

Historic Fort Jackson hosts Orange Festival for first time simce Katrina

For the first time since Hurricane Katrina, the Plaquemines Parish Orange Festival is back at Fort Jackson this weekend, a landmark that has become an icon of the past in a parish that doesn’t have many monuments left standing.
With Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Gustav and Ike — and the Gulf oil spill threatening its fishers’ [...]

LSU hosts exhibit on women during Civil War

The letters and diaries written by Southern women during the Civil War will be the subject of a special exhibition at Louisiana State University.
The exhibition will open at Hill Memorial Library on Dec. 6 and run through April 30 next year, which marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. The exhibition [...]

Civil War-era forts opening in Pineville

Twin forts built during the Civil War to stave off a Union attack during the Red River Campaign will open to the public this week as a historic site.
The Fort Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site in Pinveville is scheduled to open Thursday.
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Officials get tour of Pineville Civil War-era forts ahead of opening

The Fort Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site is substantially complete and ready to open to the public next week.
Local officials were given a tour of the site Tuesday. It officially opens Nov. 18.
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Ghost at the Southern Museum: The day the lights went out in Ga.

Standing in front of a bright red Civil War train engine known as the General, I was a little embarrassed not to have already known the history of the Great Locomotive Chase — made famous during the 1950s as a Disney movie starring Fess Parker.
On April 12, 1862, James J. Andrews and a band of [...]

Heart of Louisiana: Battle of Port Hudson

When we think of Civil War battles, most of us are familiar with names like Gettysburg or even the siege at Vicksburg. But one of the most significant and bloodiest battles between the north and south took place on Louisiana soil, at a Confederate stronghold along the Mississippi River.
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NSU gets grant to study Civil War battlefield

Northwestern State University’s Cultural Resource Office has received a grant of $41,000 from the National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program to conduct an archaeological survey of Deloach’s Bluff Battlefield in Rapides Parish.
The main project objective is to identify the location of subsurface resources and to determine the geographic extent of the historic battlefield through [...]

State budget cuts leave 7 historic sites available by appointment only

The Office of State Parks says budget cuts have made five more historic sites available by appointment only.
The Plaquemine Lock, Marksville, Fort Pike, Fort Jesup and Centenary state historic sites will go into “caretaker status” on July 26.
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Rail station was key in Federal control during Civil War

When the Civil War began a century and a half ago, a new railroad connected New Orleans with the Atchafalaya River town of Brashear City, enabling passengers and freight to make quick connections with Texas-bound steamships.
The rail line, still moving freight east-west to and from the Crescent City was then known as the New Orleans, [...]