On June 12, 1863, during the height of the Civil War, the two warring sides paused to bury Lt. Cmdr. James E. Hart, the federal commander of the USS Albatross and a Mason, in the cemetery at Grace Episcopal Church in West Feliciana Parish.
Every year, St. Francisville hosts a re-enactment of the events appropriately called the Day the War Stopped. Activities during the two-day festival included graveside stories, historical presentations, a concert by the Kitchen Session, a band from Baton Rouge that plays Celtic music, and a performance by the Louisiana Vintage Dancers in Jackson Hall.
After lunch at the Masonic Lodge on Saturday, re-enactors dressed in authentic replica costumes performed the drama of Hart’s burial in Grace Church cemetery, a scene that unfolded 152 years ago and caused both sides to momentarily stop fighting.