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February 28 09:35 AM

Civil War Symposium heads for Bossier City March 14-16

“Defending the Homeland” commemorates sesquicentennial of Civil War in Louisiana

Historians, collectors and others interested in learning about the history of the American Civil War will have a unique opportunity to do so in Bossier City March 14-16, when the Louisiana Sesquicentennial Civil War Task Force will present “Defending the Homeland: Union Forces Target Shreveport, Texas and Beyond.” a symposium commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in Louisiana.

The symposium will be held at Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites by Hilton, 2015 Old Minden Road in Bossier City, and will feature a program filled with expert speakers, exhibitors and vendors, a guided tour of the Mansfield State Historic Site and more.

Registration cost is $100 for the general public and $35 for students with current student ID and includes admission to all programs, as well as several meals throughout the weekend.

Advance registration is required.

“This symposium is a big deal. It is the state’s largest effort to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Civil War,” said Dr. Gary Joiner, event organizer and chair of the Department of History and Social Sciences at LSU- Shreveport. Joiner encourages history buffs to attend the symposium, where they can meet and interact with some of the world’s leading Civil War historians.

The symposium program will feature seven national experts on the Civil War, whose presentation topics will include the Red river Campaign, the 19th Texas Infantry in Louisiana, the Battle of Pleasant Hill and more.

The program will also include Anna Maria Sparke Keele, attorney and actress, who will portray Miss Sidney Harding, a southern Louisiana refugee in northern Louisiana during the Red River Campaign. Presentations will be held 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 15, and the morning of Sunday, March 16. The program will conclude with a group guided tour of the Mansfield State Historic Site.

To register or for more information, visit www.friendsofmansfieldbattlefield.org.

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