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Southeastern hosts 23rd annual Deep Delta Civil War Symposium June 5-6

Contact: Tonya Lowentritt


     HAMMOND“Ten Battles Won and Lost, East and West” is the theme of the annual Deep Delta Civil War Symposium, June 5-6, at Southeastern Louisiana University.

     Now in its 23rd 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 Department of History and Political Science, the two-day symposium will be held in the War Memorial Student Union Theatre.

     Bill Robison, head of the Department of History and Political Science, said George C. Rable’s presentation “Fredericksburg! Fredericksburg!” will open the symposium on June 5, 7:30 p.m. Rable, the Charles G. Summersell Chair in Southern History at the University of Alabama, is the author of “The Confederate Republic: A Revolution Against Politics,” “Civil Wars: Women and the Crisis of Southern Nationalism,” “But There Was No Peace: The Role of Violence in the Politics of Reconstruction,” and “Fredericksburg! Fredericksburg!.”

     Speakers on June 6 include Southeastern history professor Harry S. Laver, who will speak on “From Florida to Donelson: The Making of Ulysses S. Grant” at 8:30 a.m. Former Southeastern history professor Larry Hewitt, author of “Port Hudson: Confederate Bastion on the Mississippi River,” and “The Confederate High Command and Related Topics: Two Hundred Years A Nation,” who will give the symposium’s concluding address, “Port Hudson: The Most Photographed Battlefield During the Civil War,” at 7:30 p.m. 

     The symposium will also include social hours and book sales of speakers’ publications. Special prices are available for tickets purchased before June 1. Participants may also purchase conference tickets at the door. Discount prices are available for spouses and children. Fee information and a complete schedule are available online at

     The symposium is free to all Southeastern faculty and students with their Southeastern I.D. Teachers in the Teaching American History grant program may be eligible for a grant for symposium fees and are asked to contact TAH grant coordinator Ann Trappey at

     Additional presenters and their topics on June 6 will include:

     ▪ 9:30 a.m. -- “Hallucination: Sibley’s New Mexico Campaign” by Thomas F. Schott, Independent Scholar, former Deputy Command Historian, U.S. Special Operations Command Headquarters, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, and author of “Alexander H. Stephens of Georgia: A Biography.”

     ▪ 10:30 a.m. – “Jackson’s Valley Campaign” by Peter Cozzens, Foreign Service Officer, United States Department of State, author of “Shenandoah 1862: Stonewall Jackson’s Valley Campaign;” “This Terrible Sound: The Battle of Chickamauga;” and “The Shipwreck of Their Hopes: The Battles for Chattanooga.”

     ▪ 11:30 a.m. – “Brandy Station” by Marshall Krolick, independent scholar and attorney from Westin, Fla.

     ▪ 1:30 p.m. – “Champion Hill” by Terry Winschel, chief historian at Vicksburg National Military Park, author of works including “Triumph and Defeat: The Vicksburg Campaign” and “Fall of the Confederate Gibraltar.”

     ▪ 2:30 p.m. – “Forrest and the Principles of War” by Brig. Gen. (retired) Parker Hills, Clinton, Miss., author of “A Study in Warfighting: Nathan Bedford Forrest and the Battle of Brice’s Crossroads” and “Vicksburg Campaign Driving Guide.”

     ▪ 3:30 p.m. – “Fort Fisher,” by Chris Fonvielle, University of North Carolina-Wilmington, author of “The Wilmington Campaign: Last Rays of Departing Hope;” “Fort Anderson: Battle for Wilmington;” and “The Best Ever Occupied: Archaeological Investigations of a Civil War Encampment, Folly Island, South Carolina.”

     ▪ 4:30 p.m. – “Spanish Fort and Fort Blakely,” by Arthur W. Bergeron, Jr., reference historian, U.S. Army Military History Institute, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, author of “Guide to Louisiana Confederate Military Units;” “Black Southerners in Gray: Essays on Afro-Americans in Confederate Armies;”  and “The Civil War Reminiscences of Major Silas T. Grisamore, S.S.A.”

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

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