Battleground Louisiana: Civil War Events and Experiences

Beginning February 22, on Thursday nights I’ll be the facilitator for this series sponsored by Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. It is a pilot program–meaning there’s no syllabus, and an experiement–but the five books are well-chosen and will certainly activate lively discussion, especially if the participants are as excited about the War Between the States as I am. The series will run from 6:00-8:00 pm each Thursday until March 29 and will be held at the Franklin Parish Library. It is part of the RELIC Library Programs the Endowment sponsors.

The books chosen are: Brokenburn: The Journal of Kate Stone, 1861-1868; One Damn Blunder from Beginning to End: The Red River Campaign; The Civil War in Louisiana; The Louisiana Native Guards: The Black Military Experience during the Civil War; and When the Devil Came down to Dixie: Ben Butler in New Orleans.

The reading load is reasonable, but there will be a good bit of preparation required on my part, but I am very excited. I’ll probably have another posting on this topic later.

MOVIE QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I will love you always. I will love you as my queen, and as the wife of my best friend, and while you live, I will love no other.” –Sir Lancelot in Excalibur.