For the Siege of Port Hudson’s 152nd anniversary, Port Hudson State Historic Site will host its annual re-enactment of the battle Saturday and Sunday.
From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. volunteer re-enactors in Union and Confederate uniforms will stage activities emblematic of the 1863 siege. Artillery, cavalry and infantry branches as well as cooks, laundresses and sutlers — civilians who sold provisions — who accompanied the armies will be portrayed. Main re-enactment battles will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
The Siege of Port Hudson lasted May 22 through July 9, 1863, marking the longest siege on American soil.
Thousands of men died during this significant victory in the Union’s strategy to control the Mississippi and Red rivers, cutting off Confederate forces from much-needed supplies.
In addition to battle re-enactments, visitors can enjoy living history demonstrations and a class on Civil War-era dance. Reproductions of Civil War merchandise will be available for purchase, and a picnic area near the main battlefield will include concessions from the Zachary High School band.
Admission to the site and the event is $4 per person and free for children 12 and younger and for seniors 62 and older.
Port Hudson State Historic Site, designated a National Historic Landmark in 1974, is on U.S. 61 near Zachary, about 15 minutes north of Baton Rouge.
For information, call (888) 677-3400 toll-free or (225) 654-3775 locally.