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Living History Event: First Weekend in March

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Once again, the Hellfire Stew Mess/Bouanchaud's Battery will serve as the reenactor host unit for the annual "LIVING HISTORY" EVENT event at the Edward Douglass White Historic Site (Louisiana State Museum-Thibodaux) on the weekend of March 1 (afternoon only), 2, and 3, 2013.  The Mess and other Civil War reenactors will portray Confederate and Union soldiers.  (If possible, a skirmish may be reenacted.) This year is the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Lafourche Crossing and the Battle of Fort Butler in Donaldsonville.
Planned activities include artillery demonstrations (featuring our reproduction 12-pound Napoleon cannon, "Big Al"), recreation of routine camp activities, demonstrations of period infantry drill tactics, and presentations featuring original antique weapons and artifacts, as well as human interest stories relating to the Lafourche area during the Civil War.   The reenactors will also demonstrate 1860s camp cooking in the 19th-century reproduction plantation kitchen on the Site.  We invite you to share these experiences and learn the story of Edward Douglass White, who served in the Confederate army, and stories relating to other local figures, including Generals Randall Lee Gibson, Braxton Bragg, Leonidas Polk, and Francis T. Nicholls, and the battles that took place in the Lafourche region.
Because this is intended as an educational living history event, rather than the recreation of an actual combat event, interaction with the public is encouraged. As we have done previously, we will have many original Civil War artifacts on display.

(The image above is a tintype of a Confederate soldier believed to be Private Jules A. Hebert of Company E, 30th Louisiana Infantry Regiment. Pvt. Hebert was a Cajun and a native of Plaquemine in Iberville Parish. Although the regimental records list him as a deserter twice, they also show him back on the rolls after the date of each supposed desertion, and also list him as captured in Plaquemine on December 21, 1864, after which he was sent to prison camp on Ship Island off Mississippi in January 1865. Note the civilian attire and the two earrings! - Denis Gaubert Collection.)

1863 -- A Hot Year on the Bayou
A Civil War Sesquicentennial Living History Event

March 1 (afternoon), 2, and 3, 2013
Edward Douglass White Historic Site
Louisiana State Museum - Thibodaux
Louisiana Highway 1
Thibodaux, Louisiana


THE MUTINY AT THIBODEAUX: This is a photograph of Lieutenant Edward B. Hall, adjutant of the 1st Louisiana (U.S.) Cavalry Regiment. On August 29, 1863, while encamped at Camp Hubbard located on Ridgefield Plantation near Thibodaux, the 2nd Rhode Island Cavalry received orders to consolidate with the 1st Louisiana Cavalry. The order was read to them by Lt. Hall. The Rhode Island troopers refused to comply with the order, and the 1st Louisiana's commander, Colonel Harai Robinson, ordered the arrest of the two ringleaders of the mutiny, and appointed Lt. Hall as provost marshal of the day, ordering him to carry out the summary execution of the two prisoners. After the firing squads fired their weapons, Lt. Hall used his pistol to administer the coup de grace to one of the executed men. (Original CDV photograph: Denis Gaubert Collection)


These two photographs depict Captain John B. Hubbard of Maine, who served as Brig. General Godfrey Weitzel's Assistant Adjutant General. The CDV on the left was taken in Lowell, Massachusetts, while Capt. Hubbard was a lieutenant serving with the 1st Maine Artillery. The other CDV was taken in New Orleans after his promotion to captain. Capt. Hubbard was killed during the major assault (the "Forlorn Hope") at Port Hudson on May 27, 1863. The Federal camp on Ridgefield Plantation near Thibodaux was named Camp Hubbard in his honor.
(Originals CDVs: Denis Gaubert Collection)


To register as a reenactor for this event, please send an e-mail to (there is a link on this website's main page). Please include the reference "EDW Event" and provide your name, rank, unit, and preferred side (CS or US).

(The photograph depicts Captain John Quincy Adams Warren, the commander of Company E of the 8th New Hampshire Infantry Regiment. Capt. Warren was killed at the Battle of Georgia Landing [Labadieville], a few miles north of the E.D. White Historic Site. Original CDV - Denis Gaubert Collection.)