Cane River Creole National Historical Park to Host Civil War Commemorative Events
On May 2 & 3 Cane River Creole NHP will be hosing two free events commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War’s Red River Campaign.
On Friday May 2 the public is invited to attend our Civil War Academic Round Table. This event will take place at the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT). This all-day event will feature presentations from scholars, museum professionals, and local historians.
The presentations will highlight different topics relating to the Civil War and the Red River Campaign. Among the speakers include Natchitoches residents Dr. Susan Dollar, Joe Darby, Thom Brennan, Rolanda Teal, and Buddy Maggio. This event will also feature presentations from Louisiana State Parks employees and Arkansas historians.
National Park Service Chief Historian Robert Sutton will deliver the keynote address. Prior to becoming the NPS Chief Historian, Sutton served as superintendent at Manassas National Battlefield Park and as a historian at Independence National Historical Park. Sutton has written and edited numerous Civil War related publications.
The Round Table will also feature a presentation from Joseph McGill from the Slave Dwelling Project. The purpose of the Slave Dwelling Project is to identify and assist property owners, government agencies, and organizations to preserve extant slave dwellings. McGill will be spending the night at the park’s Magnolia Plantation slave cabins the evening of May 2. The public is invited to visit with McGill at Magnolia from 6:30pm-8:30pm.
This free Round Table will begin at 9am and conclude at 5pm. Light Refreshments will be provided. NCPTT is located on the Northwestern State University Campus at 645 University Avenue, Natchitoches LA 71457.
On Saturday May 3 the park will be hosting an event at the Magnolia Plantation Unit. This all day event will feature speakers, music, and demonstrations.
Magnolia has a strong connection to the Civil War. During the Red River Campaign, Magnolia’s main house was burned and the grounds were the site of a skirmish between Union infantry and Confederate Texas cavalry.
In commemoration of Magnolia’s connection to the Red River campaign visitors will be able to enjoy period music and dancing from the Back Porch Band and see a living history cavalry demonstration. McGill from the Slave Dwelling Project will be interacting with visitors, as will Dr. Kenneth Brown. Brown, an archaeologist from the University of Houston will be discussing his findings from his numerous excavations at Magnolia’s slave cabins.
Natchitoches and Cane River residents are invited to come and share any Civil War related family stories. These stories, which have never been compiled but remain a strong part of local oral tradition, will be recorded and preserved within the park’s museum collection.
Activities will begin at 10am and conclude at 4pm. Magnolia is located at 5549 Hwy 119 in Derry, LA. For more information about these events call (318) 356-8441.