Battlefield Louisiana: The Fourth Night

Last night was the fourth night in the series Battlefield Louisiana: The Louisiana Experience During the Civil War, which I’m facilatating at the Winnsboro Public Library. We were reviewing and discussing Gary Joiner’s Book, One Damn Blunder from Beginning to End: The Red River Campaign of 1864.  

Our alloted time went by quickly. Once again, the room was full, the comments relevant and interesting. We had another show and tell with participants brining all kinds of Civil War period relics and reproductions for a show and tell.  We were able to relate all of these to our reading. We had a grand time. In fact, the members of this reading group were so excited I had trouble getting them out and something happened that almost never happens when I speak somewhere—I kept them past the scheduled quitting time.  The most enjoyable part of this series for me personally is meeting the participants and listening to their stories. One man’s family has been in this part of Louisiana, and on the same land, since around 1840. I can’t wait to write about them. Here too are some stories that need to be told.