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Battle of Fort Jackson: 150th Anniversary

The Night the War Was Lost
It’s hard to believe that this coming April marks the 150th year mark since the Battle of Fort Jackson. At this  time 150 years ago, a Navy flotilla pushed past Fort Jackson and Fort St. Phillip, which in turn led to the fall of New Orleans and the Union control over the Mississippi River Valley. Although this was the only noteworthy war that was fought on the grounds of Plaquemines Parish, the date was significant and is often referred to as the “night the war was lost.”

Anniversary Celebration
In honor of this momentous time in Louisiana’s history, an anniversary event is being held on April 20-22. The Battle of Fort Jackson will include a variety of reenactments, night fire exchange demonstration and an artillery demonstration to bring this time in history to life for those who want to learn more. The event is open to the public and free of charge, but participants must register in advance.

Hosted by Civil War Expert
The event will be hosted by Richard Holloway who is considered an expert on the Civil War events and is the current president of the Civil War Round Table of Central Louisiana. Not only does he understand the time period that changed the face of Fort Jackson and the Plaquemines Parish, but also he has played an integral role in uncovering more information about the lost battle over a century ago. Holloway recently found two flags that were flown over the forts when the two forts surrendered. The flags, as they appeared to be, were made from white towels that were sewn together.

Educational Demonstrations
As local residents and history buffs come together to learn more about the Battle of Fort Jackson through true-to-life reenactments, there is also a special education segment set aside for school-aged students on Friday, April 20. The public can then join in on the fun on Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22. In addition to the demonstrations and reenactments, lunch will be served, there will be a ladies fashion show and tea and church services on Sunday. The days will start with a raising of the colors, morning formation and safety inspection. Saturday night will cease with a night fire and fireworks display off the Navy ship.

Come and join in on the fun and take the time to learn about the Battle of Fort Jackson held by the Plaquemines Parish Historical Association.

Image Source: americancivilwar.com

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