Annual battle commences at Jackson Crossroads _lowres

Photo provided by Scott Clause -- Reenactors fire a cannon during the annual Battle of Jackson Crossroads presented by the Jackson Living History Association last year. This year's 25th event is Saturday-Sunday in Jackson.

Spectators are encouraged to arrive early for the 25th annual Civil War re-enactment of the Battle of Jackson Crossroads on Saturday and Sunday in Jackson.

Before the troops charge and the cannons fire, visitors can walk through campsites reflective of the 1860s. “Sutlers Row” will offer vintage and period military clothing stores of the era and specialty stores.

The event will be held on fields located on La. 68 not far from the original battle site. Gates open at 9 a.m. Saturday, with the main battle starting at 2 p.m. On Sunday, gates open at 11 a.m., and the battle begins at 1:30 p.m.

Spectator fees are $6 for adults; $5 for senior citizens (62 and older); and $4 for children. Children ages 6 and younger are admitted free. Tickets will be valid for the day, and food concessions and facilities are available.

Other attractions include the Jackson Museum Complex, Centenary College, Milbank Historic House and Gift Shop, Feliciana Folks, The Emporium and Southern Belle Station.

For more information, call (225) 634-7155.