Civil War book features St. Landry soldiers

The Civil War was one of the most tragic — and significant — events in American history. And for some, it remains one of the most fascinating. Westminster Christian Academy history teacher Stuart Salling shares that fascination.
“The Civil War is probably the most over-studied and over-written topic in America,” Salling said.

state Funding would be axed for the United States Civil War Center

LSU is proposing to eliminate several academic degree programs and institutes ranging from the School of Library and Information Sciences to bachelor’s degrees in German and Latin.
The “Phase I” plan calls for closing offices like the Louisiana Population Data Center and architecture’s Office of Community Preservation.

Historic home’s destruction angers former owner

Construction crews worked from the inside out Tuesday as they dismantled portions of a historic plantation house that once served as home to frontiersmen and Alamo hero Jim Bowie.

The Acadia Plantation house, cobbled together in 1875 from antebellum homes on an La. 1 site, underwent the first phases of a tear-down by local builders. The [...]

Judah P. Benjamin, ‘the Confederate Kissinger,’ featured in Louisiana State Archives exhibit

Judah P. Benjamin was known as “the brains of the Confederacy,” its “court Jew,” “the statesman of the Lost Cause,” and even “the Confederate Kissinger.”
As, successively, attorney general, secretary of war and secretary of state in the Confederate Cabinet, he was President Jefferson Davis’ closest and most trusted adviser.
He has been called the most important [...]

Slave trade in New Orleans was a thriving business

It was a chatty group that gathered this week outside the Renaissance Pere Marquette Hotel. There was a happy buzz among the 20 or so men and women, delegates to a literary conference, as they waited for their guide to start their walking tour.
Then Walter Johnson, their leader, started talking about the subject of the [...]

La. Civil War skirmish re-enacted

The rattle of musket volleys, a cannon’s boom and the shouts of soldiers in blue and gray shattered the usually quiet grounds of Oakley Plantation as the 1863 Battle of Plains Store was re-enacted Saturday.
Dozens of Civil War re-enactors, male and female, young and old, mingled on the grounds of the historic mansion near St. [...]

Landrieu tries to revive Civil War effort

U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., has taken up a banner of history that has fallen at least on the field of battle.
She and fellow Democratic Sen. Jim Webb, of Virginia, have introduced the Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission Act of 2009 “to establish a commission to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War,” a release [...]

N.O. man tried to pawn Civil War-era cannon, cops say

Stanley Hurlee has seen his share of odd sales through the years at his Metairie scrap yard.
Yet last week, something didn’t seem right when a man pulled up, eager to sell a hefty haul of brass and bronze.
The mountain of metal inside the man’s vehicle was 8 inches in diameter, a couple of feet long, [...]

Service to honor Confederate dead

A memorial service to honor American Civil War veterans will be held at 10 a.m. Oct. 31 in the Carron Cemetery southeast of Eunice, and the public is invited to participate.
The event, which will include an honor guard provided by units of the Sons of Confederate Veterans in historic costume, is being organized by novelist [...]

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 [...]