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State Government information

225-342-6600

State Parks

E-mail: parks@crt.state.la.us

888-677-1400, 225-342-8111

 

http://www.crt.state.la.us/crt/tourism/civilwar/civilwar.htm

 

Civil War Sites Map

Picture from: http://www.crt.state.la.us/crt/tourism/civilwar/cwmap.htm

 

 

GRANT'S MARCH
Markers follow General Grant's March through Louisiana along the Mississippi River on US 80 and 65. Some of the more important skirmish and battle sites in the upper Mississippi River area are: Milliken's Bend, Young's Point, Hard Times Landing, Trinidad Plantation, Lone Plantation, Davis Island, Choctaw Bayou, Richmond and New Carthage.

 

ALEXANDRIA/PINEVILLE 

Area CVB

www.apacvb.org E-mail: inquire@apacvb.org

800-551-9516, Fax: 318-443-1617, 707 Main St, 71301.  Open M-F 8-5.  W

Alexandria/Pineville’s central location and its diverse historical, cultural and recreational opportunities allow you to experience the best of LA!

 

Alexandria National Cemetery

(318/449-1793)

The cemetery was established in 1867 as a burial site for Civil War soldiers. It is the current site of Mount Olivet Church.

 

Bailey's Dam

(318/443-7049)

A historical marker denoted the site of Bailey's Dam, which Union troops constructed to deepen the Red River so their fleet could escape. The dam was suggested by Colonel Joseph Bailey, a Wisconsin lumberman before the War.

 

Forts Randolph and Buhlow

(318/443-7409)

Earthen fortifications built as a defense against an expected third Red River Valley invasion by Federal troops. The forts stand 500 yards apart on the Pineville side of the Red River (off US 71) upstream of downtown Alexandria. Fort Buhlow's artillery placements are still visible today.

 

Kent House

www.kenthouse.org E-mail: kenthous@bellsouth.net

(318/487-5998), Fax: 318-442-4154,  3601 Bayou Rapides Rd, 71303.  Open M-F 9-5.

Believed to be the oldest standing structure in Central Louisiana, Kent House offers glimpses into the area's rural life during the mid-19th century. See house furnishings, separate kitchen, milk house, working sugar refinery, herb and formal gardens.

Tyrone Plantation

(318/442-8528)

 Built in 1843 by George Mason Graham, a prominent Louisiana politician.

 

BASTROP
Bastrop-Morehouse Tourism Commission

www.bastrop-morehouse.com E-mail: joychamber@northeastnet.net

318-281-3794, Fax: 318-281-3781, 512 E. Jefferson Ave., 71220.  Open M-F 9-4:30.

 

            Snyder Museum and Creative Arts Center

(318/281-8760)

Highlights the history and arts of Morehouse Parish and Northeast Louisiana from prehistoric civilization at Poverty Point to early pioneer settlement, the Civil War and the 20th century.

 

BATON ROUGE

Baton Rouge Area CVB

www.batonrougetour.com

800-LA-ROUGE, 225-383-1825, 730 North Boulevard, 70802.  Open M-F 8-5
 

Magnolia Cemetery

(504/387-2464)

The Battle of Baton Rouge was fought on the grounds of what is today Magnolia Cemetery at the corner of North 19th and Main streets. Near Magnolia Cemetery, National Cemetery is the final resting place of nearly 2,000 Union soldiers.

 

Magnolia Mound Plantation

(504/343-4955)

One of the oldest plantations in the state, it was built circa 1791. The house is restored to the 1800-1830 period. Outbuildings include kitchen, overseer's house and pigeonnier.

 

            Old State Capital

            www.sec.state.la.us e-mail: osc@sec.state.la.us Open Sun 12-4; Tu-Sat 10-4. W

(504/342-0500), 225-342-0500, 800-488-2968, 100 North Blvd, 70801.

The original of this white Gothic building on the banks of the Mississippi River was damaged by fire in 1862. During the was, it served as the State House until Union troops forced the government to move to Opelousas, and then as a federal prison. A monument on the grounds marks the gravesite of Confederate Governor Henry Watkins Allen.

 

Old Arsenal Powder Magazine

www.sec.state.la.us

(504/342-0401), 225-387-2464, Fax: 225-343-3989, 502 North Blvd, 70802.  Open Tu-F 10-4 and by Appt.

Located on the Louisiana State Capital grounds, this structure was built in 1838. In May of 1862, Union forces occupied the arsenal and its fortifications. In August, a Confederate army under General Breckinridge tried but failed to drive the Union soldiers into the Mississippi River. A self-guided tour through the museum and grounds is available.

 

Pentagon Barracks

www.fhl.org e-mail: fhla@bellsouth.net

(225/342-1866), Fax: 225-343-3989, 959 Third St. 70804.  Hours vary by season.

Served as a home and host to important political and military figures including Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant, George Cluster and Jefferson Davis. Building C houses a museum and interpretive center.

 

Rural Life Museum

(225/765-2437), I-10 @ Essen Ln, 70898.  Open Daily 8:30-5.

 Illustrates the working side of plantation life. The collection of buildings includes restored slave cabins, overseer's house, plantation commissary, church and blacksmith's shop.  25 Acres to explore.

 

BELLE CHASSE
Plaquemines Parish Economic Development and Tourism

www.plaqueminesparish.com E-mail: pped@accesscom.net

888-745-0642, 504-394-0018, 104 New Orleans St, 70037.  Open M-F 8-4:30

Info on year-round fishing, fishing rodeos, charter boats (inshore/offshore/coastal), water-craft rentals, golfing, birding, hunting trips, marsh, bayou & seaplane tour.

 

Belle Chasse is the site of the home of Judah P. Benjamin, secretary of state and of war and attorney general for the Confederacy. It can be found at the south end of the town.

 

BERWICK
An important center for blockade-runners, detachments of the 4th Louisiana Infantry were stationed in Berwick in the fall of 1861.

 

BURAS

 

            Battle at Fort Jackson: March

            E-mail: pped@accesscom.net

            888-745-0642, 504-657-7083, 220 Herbert Harvey Dr, 70041.  Open F-Sun 10-5. W

War between the States reenactment held annually at  Historic Fort Jackson, March 9-11, 2001.  “The night the War was lost at the mouth of the Mississippi.”

 

Fort Jackson

504-657-7083, 220 Herbert Harvey Dr, 70041.  Open daily 7-5.  W

Built in 1822, under Gen. Andrew Jackson.  Offers annual War between the States reenactment & encampment, picnic facilities, walking tour, museum.

 

BURNSIDE

                 Houmas House

www.houmashouse.com

888-323-8314, (504/473-7841), Fax: 225-474-0480, LA-942 River Road, 70725. Take I-10 and exit 179 to Burnside.  $

Built by Colonel John Smith Preston in 1840, in 1858 it was bought by John Burnside, who became one of America's leading sugar planters. This Greek Revival mansion serves as an example of the lavish lifestyle achieved by the sugar planters before the Civil War.  Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte, starring  Bette Davis was filmed here.

 

CHALMETTE

St. Bernard Parish Tourist Commission

www.st-bernard.la.us E-mail: emcdougall@st-bernard.la.us

888-278-2045, 504-278-4242, 8201 W. Judge Perez Dr, 70043.  Open M-F 9-4:30

René Beauregard House/ Malus in Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve, Chalmette Battlefield

(504/589-4428)

 Built in the 1830s, the home once belonged to Judge René Beauregard, son of Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard. The house rests on the grounds of the Battle of New Orleans and the gallery offers and impressive view of the battlefield and the adjacent Chalmette National Cemetery.

Chalmette National Cemetery

(504/589-3882)

On this site Confederate soldiers tried unsuccessfully to stop Farragut from continuing upriver in 1862. More than 14,000 Union soldiers are buried in the cemetery.

 

CHENEYVILLE

Loyd Hall Plantation Bed and Breakfast NRHP

www.loydhall.com e-mail: loydhallpltn@aol.com

800-240-8135, (318/776-5641), Fax: 318-776-5886, 292 Loyd Bridge Rd, 71325.  Tours daily 10-4.

Now a bed & breakfast, this beautifully restored Greek Revival-Italianate mansion was used by both Union and Confederate troops. Tales of ghosts dated to those days are included in the house tour.   They say the violin-playing spirit of a Confederate spy appears on the second-floor veranda at midnight.  6 beautiful rooms all with private baths and kitchens.  Pool, bikes, fishing, fireplace.  AAA-approved-3-diamond Award. 

 

CLINTON

Confederate Cemetery

(504/634-7155)

This 4-acre cemetery contains the remains of hundreds of Civil War troops. Because Clinton was connected to the Mississippi River by railroad, the town received many sick and wounded soldiers from the nearby Battle of Port Hudson.

 

Marston House

(Open by appt. 504/683-3341)

 Built in 1837, it served as a Confederate hospital.

 

            Silliman College

 (Open by appt. 504/683-5383)

Established in 1850, Silliman College served as a Confederate hospital

 

DELTA & LAKE PROVIDENCE

            Grant's Canal

A historical marker is at the site of the last attempt by Union troops to pass safely by the Vicksburg batteries. Grant ordered his men to dig a canal in hopes of changing the course of the Mississippi River. The attempt failed, but parts of the canal remain in Lake Providence and Delta, Louisiana.

 

DARROW

            
Ashland-Belle Helene Plantation

(Private)

Built in 1841 by Duncan Kenner, Confederate diplomat to France, Ashland was a large sugar plantation which Kenner named after Henry Clay's house.

 

Deridder

 

            Civil War Battle Reenactment:  February

            E-mail: jgp90@texasaggie.com

            337-463-7692, 337-463-3051, Ampacet Rd, Hwy 171 North, 70634. 

1st annual Battle of Hickory Creek Civil War Reenactment.  Witness soldier life in walk-thru camps, observe infantry, artillery and cavalry demos and relive the Blue & Grey battle.  

 

DONALDSONVILLE

Donaldsonville Area COC and Tourist Information

www.dvillecoc.org E-mail: dville@eatel.net

225-473-4814, 714 RailRd Ave, 70346.  Open M-F 9-4:30

Proximity to the major shipping lanes of the Mississippi River and Bayou Lafourche made Donaldsonville a strategic location. The wharfs became a site for guerrilla warfare on Union ships effective enough to outrage Admiral D. G. Farragut.

Fort Butler

This star-shaped dirt fort at the mouth of Bayou Lafourche opposite Donaldsonville, was the site of a battle under the Confederate leadership of General Thomas Green.

 

DUBACH

            The Autrey House

(318/777-3714)

An example of log cabin vernacular architecture. This hand-hewed log dogtrot house is one of the oldest existing structures in Lincoln Parish and an excellent example of the Upland South pioneer culture.

 

FRANKLIN

                 Grevemberg House Museum

337-828-2092, Fax: 337-828-2082, 407 Sterling Rd, 70538-0400.  Open daily 10-4.  Closed for major holidays.  $, W

(318/828-2092)

This 1851 Greek Revival house displays a collection of the St. Mary Parish Museum, which includes a Civil War Section.

 

GRAND COTEAU

                 Academy of the Sacred Heart

www.ashcoteau.org e-mail: chaggart@rscj.org

(318/662-5275), Fax: 337-662-3011, 1821 Academy Rd, 70541.  Open M-F 10-2.  Tours by appt., $, Child, senior, & group rates, W

In 1863, General Nathaniel Banks was briefly headquartered in Grand Coteau, home of the Academy of the Sacred Heart, an all-girls school. Through luck, General Banks' daughter attended the Manhattanville Convent of the Sacred Heart in New York. When news of his presence in Grand Coteau reached the Mother Superior in New York, she requested that he take care of the nuns in Grand Coteau. He obliged, keeping the school stocked with food and other supplies. And he made any harm done to the nuns a crime punishable by death. In the Academy's museum you can see the original letters setting forth the details of what transpired.

 

HARRISONBURG

            Fort Beauregard

This Confederate fort guarded the Ouachita River. Lt. Col. Arthur Fremantle of the Coldstreams Guard, toured the Confederacy in 1863 and found the fort more formidable in appearance than expected. In May of 1863, it was heavily shelled by Union gunboats and evacuated by the Confederates in September.

 

Homer

Homer COC

www.claiborneone.org e-mail: homercoc@bayou.com

318-927-3271, Fax: 318-927-3271, 519 South Main St. 71040.  Open M-F 9-4.  W

Explore the cultural heritage of Claiborne Parish in beautiful, historic Homer.  Our Greek revival antebellum courthouse, c. 1861 & The Form Museum, c. 1890, are a must see!

 

                Claiborne Parish Courthouse

(318/258-5863)

A rallying and departing point for southern troops.

 

                Ford Museum

(318/927-9190)

Depicts the history of Claiborne Parish and has a Civil War collection.

JACKSON

East Feliciana Parish Tourist Commission and Informetion

www.felicianatourism.org e-mail: info@felicianatourism.org

225-634-7155, Fax: 225-634-7125, 3406 College St, 70748.

Centenary State Historic Site

www.lastateparks.com  e-mail: centenary@crt.state.la.us

(504/634-7925), 225-643-7925, 888-667-2364, 3522 College St, 70748.  Open daily 9-5.  W

This former college site interprets the history of education in Louisiana. The buildings of the college were used as hospitals by Confederate soldiers in 1862-1863. A small skirmish was fought on the grounds on August 3, 1863. The Jackson Confederate Cemetery contains more than 100 unmarked graves of soldiers who died during the war.

 

Linwood Plantation

(Private)

Civil War diarist Sarah Dawson Morgan, author of a Confederate Girl's Diary, described the nearby Battle of Port Hudson in her book. The plantation was used as a hospital by Union troops during this critical battle.

 

The Republic of West Florida Historical Museum

(504/634-7859)

The museum, on East College Street in Jackson, features memorabilia from the Revolutionary War through the Vietnam conflict. The museum also features an original cotton gin, sugar cane press, farming equipment and new exhibits on a rotating basis.

 

JEFFERSON PARISH

              Camp Parapet

Extending in an irregular line for two miles, the powder magazine was part of the Confederate defenses for the city of New Orleans. Union forces completed the earthworks in 1862.

 

LAFAYETTE

Lafayette CVB

www.lafayettetravel.com e-mail: info@lafayette

800-346-1958, Fax: 337-232-0161, 1400 NW Evangeline Thwy, 70505.  Open M-F 8:30-5, Sat-Sun 9-5.  W.  Visitor’s Center south of I-10 at Exit 103-A.

 

Lafayette Museum

(318/234-2208) 1122 Lafayette St, 70501.  Open Tu-Sat 9-5; Sun 3-5.  $, W
This was once the home of former governor and United States Senator Alexandre Mouton, who presided over the Secession Convention in Baton Rouge in 1861. The museum has Civil War relics.

 

Mouton Monument

(318/232-3737)

 Honors Brigadier General Alfred Mouton, who was made captain of the Acadian Guards, the first company formed in the parish.

 

LAKE PROVIDENCE

Byerley House Visitor and Community Center

www.bayou.com/visitors e-mail: mwmcvb@centurytel.net

318-559-5125, 318-559-5125, US Hwy 65 North, 71254.  Open M-Sat 9-5. Sun 1-5.  W

            Arlington

(Private)

Built circa 1841, this was the home of General Edward Sparrow, senior senator from Louisiana in the Confederate Congress. During the war, it was used by General Ulysses S. Grant when he visited Lake Providence to attempt digging a canal in hopes of changing the course of the Mississippi River. Other Union officers who also stayed at Arlington included McPherson and McAuthur.

 

Mansfield

DeSoto Parish Tourist Commission

www.desotocatwnonline.net

318-872-1177, Fax: 318-871-1875, 210 S. Washington, 71052.  Open M-Th 8:30-4, F 8:30-2.

Visit Mansfield State Commemorative Area, site of an important Civil War battle.  Se the historic Rock Chapel and the original Log Court House built in 1843.

 

            Mansfield State Historic Site

            www.lastateparks.com e-mail: Mansfield@crt.state.la.us

            888-677-6267, 318-872-1474, 15149 Hwy 175, 71052.  Open daily 9-5. W

On April 8, 1864, the Red River campaign climaxed here as Confederates under the leadership of General Richard Taylor met and defeated the Union troops. Banks retreated to Pleasant Hill and fought another engagement there. He then retreated further south. The park has a museum with relics, exhibits and a map of the battle.  Site of a major Civil War battle.  Museum of Civil War artifacts, monthly special programs and a self-guided tour of the battlefield.  Picnic area, trails.

 

Marthaville

 

            Rebel State Historic Site

            www.lastateparks.com e-mail: rebel@crt.state.la.us

            888-677-3600, 318-472-6255, 1260 Hwy 1221, 71450.  Open 9-5.  W

Site of unknown Confederate soldier.  According to local legend, a young Rebel soldier became separated form his unit during a skirmish at Crump's Corner, near present day Marthaville. Alone in the woods and confused, the soldier was searching for other Confederates when he stopped at a spring for a drink of water and was killed by three Union Cavalrymen. A local family named Barnhill found the body and buried him near the road where he had died. For nearly 100 years the Barnhill family cared for the grave and began holding annual memorial services to honor the unknown Confederate soldier. Rebel State Historic Site has been established at this soldier's final resting place. LA Country Music Museum; amphitheater for gospel, folk and country music concerts; guided tour, picnicking.

 

MONKEY ISLAND (near the town of Cameron)

Cameron Parish Tourist Commission

337-775-5222, Cameron, 70631. 


Battle of Calcasieu Pass

This was the only Civil War battle fought in Southwest Louisiana. It took place at the mouth of the Calcasieu River near what is now called Monkey Island. The Battle of Calcasieu Pass was the only battle in Louisiana where two Union gunboats were captured intact and converted to blockade runners for the Confederacy.

 

MORGANZA

Village of Morganza

E-mail: vom7075@bellsouth.net

225-694-3655, 225-694-2472, 112 S. Hwy 3050, 70759.  Open M-F 8-5. W

            
Battle of Stirlings Plantation

The largest Civil War engagement in Pointe Coupée Parish took place in early September 1863 when Union troops moved from Morganza along Bayou Fordoche.

Fortress Morganza

After his failed Red River Campaign, General Banks camped his Union army at Morganza. A large fort was constructed on the site, which served the Union army until the end of the war.

 

NAPOLEONVILLE

 

            Christ Episcopal Church

(504/447-2910)

 A small Gothic-style building, this church was consecrated in 1854 by the "Fighting Bishop" of the Confederacy, Leonidas Polk.

 

            Madewood Plantation House

www.madewood.com E-mail: madewoodpl@aol.com

800-375-7151, 504-369-7151, 4250 Hwy 308, 70390.  Open daily 10-4:30. 

Greek-Revival mansion; antiques, candlelight dinner, Top 54 Inns National Geographic Traveler.

 

Natchez

 

            Beau Fort Plantation

            E-mail: beaufort@worldnetla.net

            318-379-2221, 5487 Hwy 119, 71456.  Open daily 1-4, year round.

            Beautiful 1790 Plantation Home B&B.  Antiques, tours, exquisite gardens.

 

            Magnolia Plantation Home NRHP

            318-379-2221, 5487 Hwy 119, 71456.  Open daily 1-4 and by appt.

1 mile north of Hwy. 1.  National Bicentennial farm dating from 1753 w/ an extensive collection of antiques and lovely grounds.  Full breakfast and tour.  No Smoking.

 

NEWELLTON

             Winter Quarters State Historic Site

www.lastateparks.com e-mail: winterquarters@crt.state.la.us

(318/467-9750), 888-677-9468, Hwy 608, 71357.  Open daily 9-5, W

An impressive house in Tensas Parish which was the only plantation home spared by Union troops. Features a museum, guided tours and special events.

 

NEW IBERIA

Iberia Parish CVB

www.iberiaparish.com e-mail: info@iberiaparish

888-9-IBERIA, 337-365-1540, 2704 Hwy 14, 70560.  Open daily 9-5.  W

            Shadows-on-the-Teche

            www.shadowsontheteche.org e-mail: shadows@shadowsontheteche.org

(318/369-64446), 877-200-4924, 317 East Main St, 70560.  Open daily 9-4:30.  $, W.

Complete with antebellum furnishings and gardens, this home once served as a headquarters for General Banks during the Civil War. It is the only property in Louisiana owned and operated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

 

NEW ORLEANS

New Orleans Metropolitan CVB

www.neworleanscvb.com E-mail: tourism@neworleanscvb.com

800-672-6124, 504-566-5009, 1520 Sugar Bowl Dr, 70112.  Open M-F 8:30-5.

 

New Orleans Tourism

www.neworleansonline.com e-mail: info@neworleansonline

504-524-4784, Fax: 504-524-4780, 365 Canal St, Suite 1120, 70130.  Hours vary by season. W


Battle Abbey

(504/568-5661)
Located behind the Cabildo, the building was used by General Benjamin F. Butler during the war. It now houses Civil War memorabilia.

 

             Beauregard-Keyes House and Monuments

(504/523-7257), Fax: 504-523-7257. 1113 Chartres St, 70116.  Tours on the hour, M-Sat 10-3.  $, W

Once home of Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard and later author Frances Parkinson Keyes.

 

            The Cabildo

(504/568-6968)

This part of the Louisiana State Museum houses a Civil War exhibit.

            Confederate Memorial Hall Museum

            www.confederatemuseum.com E-mail: memhall@aol.com

            504-523-4522, 929 Camp St, 70130.  Open M-Sat 1-4.

Oldest museum in Louisiana.  Contains items from the Civil War including personal effects of Pres. Jefferson Davis, Gen RE Lee & Gen Beauregard.

 

            Congo Square

(504/565-7470)

It was an important site in New Orleans' antebellum slave culture. Today, it is partly encompassed by Armstrong Park.

Christ Church Cathedral

(504/895-6602)
The burial place of "The Fighting Bishop" Leonidas Polk.

 

            Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe

(504/525-1551)

Father Francis Isidore Turgis, soldier and priest during the Civil War, ministered here after the war.

            Customs House

(504/589-6731)

            This imposing Egyptian Revival Style structure was built in 1848. The engineer in charge, P.G.T. Beauregard, became a famous Confederate General. During the Union occupation of New Orleans, the Customs House served as a headquarters for General Butler and as a prison for Confederate officers.

 

            Forsyth House

(Private)

Jefferson Davis died here in 1889 while visiting Louisiana.

Fort Pike State Historic Site

            E-mail: fortpike@lastateparks.com

            (504/662-5703), 888-662-5703, US Hwy 90, Lake Catherine on Rigolets, 70129.  East of New Orleans.  Open daily 9-5.  W

            In 1861, the silence of Fort Pike was broken. Before the actual start of the Civil War, the Louisiana militia captured the fort and held it until the Union forces took New Orleans in 1862. Federal forces then reoccupied the fort and used it as a base for raids along the Gulf coast and Lake Pontchartrain areas and as a protective outpost for New Orleans. In spite of all this activity, not one cannonball was ever fired in battle from Fort Pike.

 

            Harmann-Grima Historic House

(504/589-6731)

            Build in 1831, this Georgian mansion has slave quarters, stables and a courtyard. It features an authentically restored garden and interior. The detached kitchen dating from the 1830's is the scene for period cooking demonstrations given on a seasonal schedule.

 

            Jackson Barracks

(504/278-6242)

Served as one of the first Confederate posts at the time of secession; later it was garrisoned by Union forces.

Jackson Square

(504/278-6242)

Upon occupying New Orleans in 1862, General Butler inscribed "The

Union Must and Shall Be Preserved" on the base of the Andrew Jackson statue.

Louisiana State Museum, Cabildo

            http://lsm.crt.state.la.us e-mail: lsm@crt.state.la.us

800-568-6968, Fax: 504-568-4995, 701 Chartres St, Jackson Square, 70176.  Open Tu-Sun 9-5.  W

The site of La. Purchase transfer ceremonies, the Cabildo houses exhibits tracing Louisiana’s past from exploration through the Civil War.

 

            Louisiana State Museum, Prebytere

            http://lsm.crt.state.la.us E-mail: lsm@crt.state.la.us

800-568-6968, Fax: 504-568-4995, 751 Chartres St, Jackson Sq, 70116. Open Tu-Sun 9-5.  W

It’s always Carnival time at the Presbytere with a major new exhibit on the history and tradition of Marti Gras in Louisiana.

 

            Metairie Cemetery

(504/486-6331)

This is the final resting place of General P.G.T. Beauregard, family tomb of General Richard Taylor and of Reconstructionist Louisiana governor, P.B.S. Pinchback, the only black governor of any state until recent times. Important monuments include Louisiana Division of the Army of Tennessee, Louisiana Division of the Army of Northern Virginia and the Washington Artillery Unit.

            New Orleans Public Library

(504/596-2550)

The library boasts an impressive Civil War collection.

Old U.S. Mint, Louisiana State Museum

            http://lsm.crt.state.la.us E-mail: lsm@crt.state.la.us

(504/568-6968), 800-568-6968, Fax: 504-568-4995, 400 Esplanade Ave, 70116.  Open Tu-Sun 9-5.  W

            Operated from 1839 to 1909, the mint produced $5 million in coins monthly at its peak.  It was both a Federal and Confederate Mint.  It is now part of the Louisiana State Museum.

 

            Slidell House

(Private)

A New Yorker by birth, John Slidell was a formidable Louisiana politician before the Civil War and diplomat for the Confederacy.

Trinity Church

(504/522-0276)

A stained-glass memorial behind the altar honors "The Fighting Bishop" Leonidas Polk, who served here before the war. In 1861 he enlisted in the army, and he was killed in 1864 during the Atlanta Campaign.

NEW ROADS

City of New Roads

225-638-5360, Fax:225-638-5368, 211 W. Main St, 70760.  Open M-F 8-4:30. W

Greater Pointe Coupee COC

www.pcchamber.org

225-638-3500, 225-638-9858, 2506 False River Rd, 70760.  M-F 8-5.

Pointe Coupee Office of Tourism

225-638-3998, 160 E. Main St, 70760.  M-F 8:30-4


This French-Louisiana community along beautiful False River boats antique shops, bed & breakfasts and several historic homes such as Parlange Plantation (504/638-8410, Private.  8211 False River Rd.  By Appt only.) and Mon Coeur Plantation and Gardens (504/627-5594).

 

OPELOUSAS

Opelousa Tourist and Information Center

800-424-5442, 337-948-6263, 828 E. Landry St, 70571-1415.  Open daily 8-5. W

 
            Governor's Mansion

(Private)

When Baton Rouge was occupied by union forces in 1862, the state capital was briefly moved to the Opelousas home of Homer Mouton, the Lieutenant Governor. The Mouton House became known as the "Governor's Mansion," and holds the name today. Legislative sessions were held at the "Old LaCombe Hotel," today a drug store on Court Street.

 

            Opelousas Museum And Interpretive Center

E-mail: musdir@hotmail.com

800-424-5442, 337-984-2589, 315 N. Main St, 70570.  Open M-Sat 9-5.  Groups by appt.

Preserves and interprets history and culture of the area from prehistoric to present.  Home of Southwest LA Zydeco Festival archives.

 

PLEASANT HILL
   

            Battle of Pleasant Hill

(318/872-1474)

The day after the Union troops were pushed back from Mansfield, a battle was fought at Pleasant Hill. This battle pushed the Union troops back toward Alexandria. The community of Pleasant Hill is creating a Battle of Pleasant hill interpretive trail by erecting marble markers with narratives and descriptions of the battle . Soon, 18 markers will follow the trail from Pleasant Hill to Mansfield.

 

PORT ALLEN

West Baton Rouge Tourist Commission

www.westbatonrouge.net E-mail: wbrtourist@eatel.net

800-654-9701, 2855 I-10 Frontage Rd., 70767.  Open daily 9-5.  W

            
West Baton Rouge Museum

e-mail: wbrmuseum@inetmail.att.net

(504/366-2422), 225-336-2422, Fax: 225-336-2448, 845 N. Jefferson Ave, 70767.  Open Tu-Sat 10- 4:30, Sun 2-5.  W, Free.  Exits 153/155 at I-10.

The collection includes a c.1830 American Empire bedroom, a 1904 working model sugar mill, c.1850 plantation cabin and c.1830 French Creole cottage.  Gift Shop.

 

PORT HUDSON

            Port Hudson State Historic Site

www.crt.state.la.us/crt/parks/porthud/Pthudson.htm

Email: porthudson@crt.state.la.us

(504/654-3775), 225-654-3775 or 1-888-677-3400, 236 Hwy. 61, Jackson, LA 70748 is located on US 61 in East Feliciana Parish, about 25 minutes north of Baton Rouge and 10 minutes south of historic St. Francisville.  Groups call in advance.

Port Hudson surrendered on July 9, 1863, serving the last link between the eastern part of the Confederacy and the Trans-Mississippi. From May 23 to July 9, 1863, 6,800 confederate soldiers held off a Union force of 30,000 during the longest siege in U.S. military history. Interpretive programs illustrate the story. The area includes part of the battlefield, viewing towers, trenches, guns and a cemetery for more than 3,000 Union soldiers, most of whom are unknown. The Battle of Port Hudson was one of the first battles in which freed black soldiers engaged in combat on the side of the Union.

 

RESERVE

            The French Creole Godchaux-Reserve Plantation House

(504/764-9315)

 Built in several stages, this home attained its present appearance c. 1850. In the 1820s, it was owned by the brothers Francois and Elisee Rillieux, who were part of Louisiana's large "free people of color" population.

 

ST. FRANCISVILLE

West Feliciana Parish Tourist Commission

www.westbatonrouge.net e-mail: wfcdf@bsf.net

800-789-4221, 225-635-6769, 11757 Ferdinand St, 70775., Open Sun 9:30-5, M-Sat 9-5.  W


This charming river town is surrounded by numerous plantation homes and antebellum gardens, which reflect Louisiana's opulent pre-Civil War era. It is also the burial place of a Union naval officer. Plantation homes include: Butler-Greenwood (504/635-6312), Catalpa (504/635-3372), the Cottage (504/635-3674), Greenwood (504/655-4475), Highland (private), the Myrtles (504/635-6277), Oakley (504/635-3739) (Audubon State Historic Site) and Rosedown (504/635-3332).

 

            Audubon State Historic Site

            www.lastateparks.com e-mail: Audubon@crt.state.la.us

            888-677-2838, 225-635-3739, Hwy 965, 70775.  Open daily 9-5.  W

Site of Oakley House, West Indies-style home where John James Audubon painted 32 of his famous “Birds Of America.”  Formal garden, outbuildings, trail.

 

            Barrow House Inn

            www.topteninn.com e-mail: staff@topteninn.com

            225-635-4791, 255-635-1863, 9779 Royal St, 70775.  Open daily 8-9.

Antiques and ambience in heart of the Historic District.  Famous cassette walking tour.  Gourmet cuisine.  Space program, Audubon and teddy bear collections.

 

            Butler Greenwood NRHP

www.butlergreenwood.com e-mail: butlergree@aol.com

            225-635-6312, 8345 US Hwy 61, 70775.  Open Sun 1-5, M-Sat 9-5.  $

            Antique-filled historic 1790’s home.  Areas finest original Victorian formal parlor.  Live oaks and gardens.

 

             Greenwood Plantation

225-655-4475, 6838 Highland Rd, 70775.  Open March-Oct M-F 9-5, Nov-Feb 10-4, W

Built in 1830 in Greek Revival style.  Burned in 1960 & restored.  Furnished w/ some of the original portraits and antiques.  Location for several movies such as North and South.

 

            Locust Grove State Historic Site

www.lastateparks.com E-mail: Audubon@crt.state.la.us

888-677-2838, 255-635-3739, Bains-Ristroph Rd, 70775.  Open daily 9-5.

1-acre cemetery containing graves of Sarah Knox Taylor, wife of Jefferson Davis; and Gen Eleazer Ripley, distinguished during battle in the War of 1812.

 

            The Myrltes Plantation Bed and Breakfast NRHP

800-809-0565, 225-635-6277, 7747 US Hwy 61, 70775.  Open daily 9-5. W

C. 1796. Guided tours daily, full service restaurant and 11 guest rooms, 6 in the mansion.  Tours daily, full-service restaurant.  One of America’s Most Haunted Houses!

 

            St. Francisville Tours

225-635-6283, 225-635-4640, 9703 Charlotte Armstrong Dr, 70775.  Open M-Sat 8-6.

A receptive company planning complete historical and plantation tours for individuals, groups, reunions, and conventions.  Step-on guides.

 

SHREVEPORT and area

Shreveport/Bossier CVB

www.shreveport-bossier.org E-mail: inquiry@shreveport-bossier.org

888-45-VISIT, 318-222-9391, 629 Spring St, 71101.  Open M-F 8-5, W

 

Centenary College-

(318/869-5011)

Originally located in Jackson, LA, it has such notable students as Jefferson Davis and Judah P. Benjamin. In 1861, all of it students had gone off to fight so the school closed until after the war. The college was moved to its present site in 1906.

Fort Humbug Memorial Park

(318/222-9391)  Entrance from Fant or Youree Streets.

One of several forts built when rumors spread that General Banks was heading towards Shreveport. The fort's name derives from the charred logs placed along the river to appear as cannons thus "humbugging" enemy scouts into believing the fort was well armed. Old log ramparts and earthen breastworks have been replaced.

 

Louisiana State Exhibit Museum

www.sec.state.la.us

(318/869-2020), 3015 Greenwood Rd, 71109.  Open M-F 9-4, Sat-Sun 12-4.  W

 Maintains a Civil War display with relics and records.  Unique, modern, neo-classical style built in 1938.  Exhibits on history and development of Louisiana.  H B Wright dioramas and Conrad Albrizio frescoes.  Indian artifacts.

 

            Louisiana State University

(318/797-5332)

This cluster of historic buildings and artifacts, found on the LSU-Shreveport campus, is a living history museum of day-to-day pioneer life in Louisiana's northwest. Special emphasis is placed on the antebellum period. .

Caddo Parish Courthouse

(318/226-6885)

Confederate Monument displays busts of Lee, Jackson, Beuregard and Allen. The last Confederate flag was lowered here after the Civil War.

 

SIMMESPORT

                 Battle of Yellow Bayou Park

The last engagement of the Red River Campaign.

 

SUNSET

Chretien Point Plantation

www.virtualcities.com

(318/223-7050), 800-880-7050, 665 Chretien Point Rd, 70584.

This elegant antebellum plantation was the site of skirmishes and a battle. As General Banks and his troops pursued Confederate General Richard Taylor's smaller army north toward Alexandria and the Red River in April of 1863, several skirmishes occurred on Chretien land. In November 1863, a major battle was fought on Bayou Bourbeau, approximately a mile from the mansion. The house was spared during the war only because the owner, like General Banks, was a Mason. But the Union troops destroyed all the outbuildings, cotton, forage and cattle. A bullet hole can still be seen in one of the front doors. Chretien Point's "ramp-knee" staircase and a window design were reproduced for Tara in Gone With the Wind. All rooms w/ private baths in French LA manor.  Full breakfast

 

TANGIPAHOA

Camp Moore Confederate Museum and Cemetery

(504/229-2438), Fax: 504-229-2438, 70640 Camp Moore Rd, 70465.  Open Tu-Sat 10-3, last tour at 3 p.m.  $.  On Hwy 51

This is the only remaining Confederate training ground. Used during the early part of the war, it is named for Governor Thomas O. Moore. About 400 Confederates are buried in the camp cemetery. Today, it is a commemorative site, complete with museum, relics and a gift shop. Annual reenactment on the weekend before Thanksgiving.  Group Tours.

 

THIBODAUX

Thibodaux COC

www.thibodauxchamber.com e-mail: thibodauxchamber@mobiletel.com

504-446-1187, Fax: 504-446-1191, 1048 Canal Blvd, 70302.  Open M-F 8:30-4:30.

White House

(504/447-0915)

This is the birthplace of Edward Douglas White, a Confederate officer who later became Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

 

TRIUMPH

Fort Jackson

Until Farragut passed them in 1862, this fort guarded the mouth of the Mississippi River for the Confederacy. Fort Jackson is intact and easily accessible.

 

Vacherie

 

            Laura: A Creole Plantation

            www.lauraplantation.com e-mail: creolaura@aol.com

            225-265-7690, 2247 Hwy 18, 70090.  Open daily 9-5. 

“Best history tour in the US” says Lonely Planet.  Tours based on Laura’s Memoirs detail Creole life of women, slaves and children.  English/French.

 

VINTON

                 Niblett's Bluff

Located on the direct route between New Orleans and Texas, close to the Sabine River, Niblett's Bluff was the scene of an 1863 Confederate encampment under Captain George O'Bryant. The breastworks visible today were constructed with slave labor using wooden shovels. Military Road, built by Taylor's army after the Federal troops blockaded the Mississippi River, connects Niblett's Bluff to Alexandria

 

WHITE CASTLE

                 Nottoway Plantation Restaurant and Inn

www.nottoway.com E-mail: nottoway@att.net 

(504/545-2730), 225-545-2730, Fax: 225-545-8632, 30970 Hwy 405, 70788.  Open daily 9-5.  W

A unique blend of Greek- Revival and Italianate architectural styles, this is the largest plantation home in the South.  C. 1859.  Named one of the Top 25 Bed and Banquets by Cande Nast Traveler.  B&B, restaurant, gift shop and guided tours.  Rates include tour and Breakfast.

 

WINNFIELD

 

Drake's Salt Works

(318/628-4461)

This was a major source of salt for the Confederacy.

 

Zachary

 

            Port Hudson State Historic Site

            www.lastateparks.com E-mail: porthudson@crt.state.la.us

            888-677-3400, 225-654-3775, US Hwy 61, 70791.  Open daily 9-5.

Scene of prominent Civil War campaign.  Features museums, original earthwork fortifications, trails, tours, picnicking, special events, outdoor exhibits.

 

VICKSBURG, MS
Though the Battle of Vicksburg was fought in Mississippi, Louisiana played a large part in the Vicksburg Campaign. Military engagements follow the Mississippi River all of the way to Port Hudson and New Orleans.

 

 

 

 

  (A lot of these sites were marked as Civil War sites, though some, I don’t know why…  Some of them may illustrate a way of life during the Civil War and others may show what life was like before the Civil War or that a building has survived the Civil War)