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Port Hudson Battlefield News

News, Views and Information about the Siege of Port Hudson, Louisiana, May 27-July 9, 1863.

WHAT MAKES A BATTLEFIELD HALLOWED GROUND?

   It is not the dirt on a battlefield that makes it hallowed ground. It is the memory of the soldiers who shed their blood that hallows it. Monuments honoring those noble war dead are one of the most important elements of any battlefield.
   The purpose of his site is to give the latest news involving the Port Hudson Battlefield, the men who fought there, their artifacts and the history of the battle.
    This site is an independent news site connected neither with Port Hudson State Historic Site nor the State of Louisiana.



PORT HUDSON CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS MONUMENT REDEDICATED
   The 77-year-old Port Hudson Confederate Soldiers Monument found a permanent home and was formally rededicated December 8, 2007 in ceremonies at the site of the historic town of Port Hudson. The monument is now located at 108 Borskey Lane, Zachary, Louisiana on the grounds of the last remaining structure of the town, an 1840 frame house now owned by Mr. and Mrs. Keith Bauer, who generously leased the plot of land where the monument now stands for 100 years to the Louisiana Division, United Daughters of the Confederacy.
   Terri Forrest Reed, the Louisiana Division, UDC, president, presided over the ceremony. Daisy Rodrigue, Louisiana Division, UDC, chaplain, gave the invocation and benediction. Bringing greetings were Keith Bauer, Todd Owens, commander of the Louisiana Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, and Michael Fraering, curator of Port Hudson State Historic Site.
   Descendants of Port Hudson Confederate soldiers placed white flowers on the memorial wreath and called out the names of their ancestors. Musical accompaniment was by the A.C. Reaux Olde Thyme String Band. Refreshments were provided by Joanna Waddill Chapter 294 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. The 7th Louisiana Volunteer Infantry reenactment group provided the color guard.

UNVEILING THE MONUMENT





 

ORIGINAL DEDICATION STORY

(From newspaper reports of 6 May 1930)

BATON ROUGE - Meeting near the scene of some of the most important fighting in the War Between the States, the Louisiana Division, United Daughters of the Confederacy, will open their thirty-first annual convention here next Thursday with the sessions continuing May 8, 9 and 10.

Climaxing the conclave, the delegates on Saturday will board a steamer to travel to Port Hudson, up the Mississippi river, to dedicate a marker at Port Hudson where one of the strategic sieges of the struggle of the sixties was fought out. A great rugged monument of Crystal Lake granite, nine feet high and weighing 9,520 pounds, appropriately inscribed, has already been placed on the Port Hudson bluffs by the U.D.C.'s of Louisiana, and this will be formally unveiled to keep alive the memory of those who fell in the celebrated engagement there. The monument is being dedicated at the suggestion of General R.T. Martin, brigadier general commanding the Second Brigade, Arkansas Division of the United Confederate Veterans.

Convention business will be concluded Saturday morning with the election of officers holding central interest at the final session, after which the delegates will journey to Port Hudson for the dedication of the U.D. C. marker.


Upcoming Events

For the latest happenings at Port Hudson State Historic site, check the Louisiana State Parks Events and Programs page at:
http://www.crt.state.la.us/crt/parks/calendar.htm



LINKS
Siege of Port Hudson
(http://porthudson.fcpages.com/porthudson1.htm)
Battle of Port Hudson Print
(http://geocities.com/scv1390
)

IN MEMORIAM TO THOSE WHO FOUGHT HERE.



Saga of a Monument

   The Port Hudson Confederate Soldier's Monument was dedicated in 1930 by the United Daughters of the Confederacy on an original part of the battlefield, which was all private property at that time. It is a  column with the inscription: "To the memory of the Confederate soldiers who fought in the siege of Port Hudson 1863. Dedicated May 1930 by Louisiana Division United Daughters of the Confederacy."
      It is a simple but elegant tribute to the defenders of Port Hudson. Over the decades, ownership of the land changed and eventually access to the monument became restricted and it fell into a neglected state, over-grown by the brush and an insurance liability for the property owner.
     In 2002, the UDC and friends rescued the monument with the idea of giving it to the State of Louisiana as a free gift with the expecatation it would be permanently protected and honored at the Port Hudson State Historic Site. 
     Negotiations with the state did work out and thus a search continued for a permanent new home for the monument.
     Now the monument is back on the actual battlefield, although not at the state park, at the site of the historic town of Port Hudson, thanks to the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Keith G. Bauer, owners of the historic 1840 house where it now stands. 

   PORT HUDSON CONFEDERATE SOLDIER'S MONUMENT
(Photos by Michael Dan Jones)



Keith Bauer giving greetings.



Port Hudson Soldiers Descendants placed white flowers on the memorial wreath.



The 7th Louisiana Infantry presents arms.






















 

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