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21st annual Deep Delta Civil War Symposium examines 'Louisiana's Civil War'

Contact: Christina Chapple


     HAMMOND – "Cities, Rivers, Bayous: Locals and Locales in Louisiana’s Civil War” will be the theme of the annual Deep Delta Civil War Symposium, June 8-9, at Southeastern Louisiana University.

     Now in its 21st year, the symposium is one of the largest Civil War conferences in the United States and annually attracts a national audience as well as many local Civil War enthusiasts. Sponsored by Southeastern’s Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies and Department of History and Political Science, the two-day symposium will be held in the War Memorial Student Union Theatre. Charles Elliott of the Southeastern Department of History and Political Science is the symposium coordinator.

     The symposium will open Friday evening with “Goodbye to the Good Times: The Civil War in New Orleans,” presented by New Orleans scholar Christina Vella, author of “Intimate Enemies: The Two Worlds of the Baroness Pontalba,” “The Hitler Kiss;” and “Indecent Secrets: The Infamous Murri Murder Affair.”

     On Saturday presenters and their topics will include

     ▪  “Vignettes of the Battle of Baton Rouge” by Thomas H. Richey of Zachary, author of “The Battle of Baton Rouge” and “Tirailleurs: A History of the 4th Louisiana and the Acadians of Company H.”

     ▪ “The Only Viable Option: Grant’s March Through Louisiana” by Terrence J. Winschel, noted author and historian at the Vicksburg National Military Park.              

     ▪ “Fighting for the Right to Fight: Louisiana’s Native Guard, the First Black Regiment in the Civil War” by retired University of Southern Mississippi professor James G. Hollandsworth.

     ▪ “Texans on the Teche: The Defense of South Louisiana” by Roger Busbice of the Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana, former historian for the Louisiana Old State Capitol museum.

     ▪ “Lee’s Tigers: Louisiana Infantry in the Army of West Virginia” by Terry L. Jones of the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

     ▪ “The Red River Campaign: Why Is It Important?” by Gary D. Joiner of Louisiana State University at Shreveport.

     ▪ “The Red River Campaign: A Military Reinterpretation” by Lt. Col. (Ret.) Dana Mangham, author of “Oh, For a Touch of the Vanished Hand: Discovering a Southern Family and the Civil War.”

     ▪ “How Lincoln Won the War” by former Southeastern history professor Lawrence Hewitt, author of books such as “Port Hudson: Confederate Bastion on the Mississippi,” and “Confederate High Command; Leadership During the Civil War.”

     The symposium will also include round table discussions and social hours. Special prices are available for tickets purchased before June 1. Participants may also purchase individual session or full conference tickets at the door. Discount prices are available for spouses and children. Southeastern students may attend free of charge or for $20 with meals.

     Participants, including teachers in the Teaching American History grant program, may be able to receive partial academic credit for attending the symposium.

     For additional information about the Deep Delta Civil War Symposium, including fees and course credit, contact the Department of History and Political Science, 985-549-2109 or

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