Port Hudson to host 153rd siege re-enactment _lowres

Photo provided by Sharon Broussard -- Hear cannons fire as they did during battles that took place at Port Hudson during the spring and summer of 1863 at the 153rd re-enactment of the Siege of Port Hudson slated for April 2-3.

For the battle’s 153rd anniversary year, Port Hudson State Historic Site will host its annual re-enactment of the Siege of Port Hudson from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 2-3.

Volunteer re-enactors in Union and Confederate uniforms will stage activities characteristic of the 1863 siege. Artillery, cavalry and infantry branches as well as the cooks, laundresses and tradesmen or sutlers, who accompanied the armies will be portrayed.

Main re-enactment battles will take place both days of the event.

The Siege of Port Hudson lasted May 22 through July 9, 1863, marking the longest siege on American soil.

Thousands of men died during the victory in the Union’s strategy to control the Mississippi and Red Rivers, cutting off Confederate forces from much-needed supplies, according to local historians.

In addition to battle re-enactments, history demonstrations and a class on Civil War-era dance will be featured.

Reproductions of Civil War merchandise will be for sale at the picnic area near the main battlefield, along with concessions from the Zachary High School band.

Admission is $4 per person and free for children 12 and under and seniors ages 62 and older. Port Hudson State Historic Site, 236 U.S. 61, Jackson, near Zachary, was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1974 and about 15 minutes north of Baton Rouge.

For information, call (225) 654-3775, email porthudson@crt.la.gov, or visit crt.state.la.us/louisiana-state-parks/maps/index