The Battle of Baton Rouge commemorative ceremony will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Aug. 4 under the oaks in the historic Magnolia Cemetery at 422 N. 19th St.

The ceremony will include a presentation by Civil War Historian Richard Holloway on “Henry Watkins Allen: From Brave Soldier to Louisiana Governor.”

The annual program also traditionally features a color guard, cannon firing, wreath laying, taps and people in period dress. The event is free and open to the public.

The Battle of Baton Rouge occurred on Aug. 5, 1862, on the grounds of where Magnolia Cemetery is located. After Louisiana seceded from the Union on Jan. 25, 1861, Union troops began a Federal Occupation of Baton Rouge on May 28, 1862, according to The Foundation for Historical Louisiana, one of the event organizers.

More information is available at the foundation website,