2018 Battle of Pleasant Hill Reenactment
Experience the Battle of Pleasant Hill Reenactment on April 13-15, 2018 at the Battle of Pleasant Hill Camp and Battleground in Pllican, Louisiana. The Battle of Pleasant Hill was the largest battle fought west of the Mississippi River. The Battle of Pleasant Hill Reenactment is on the ground hallowed those many years ago by the blood of Americans locked in mortal combat. The Battle of Pleasant Hill Committee and the host units, the 3rd Louisiana Infantry and the 3rd Texas Cavalry look forward to seeing you all there!
Battle of Pleasant Hill Reenactment
Events Schedule (Tentative)
Pleasant Hill re-enactments and activities in the re-enactors camp will take place 3 miles north of Pleasant Hill at 23271 Hwy. 175, Pelican, LA.
10 am – 3:00 pm School Day
5:30 pm Battle of Pleasant Hill Reenactment
6:00 – 10:00 am Breakfast – Battlefield Hall
10:00 am Parade – Downtown Pleasant Hill
11:00 am (Following the parade) – Battle Re-enactment (in town)
2:00 pm Main Battle Reenactment
7:00 pm Period Ball and Court Presentation – American Legion Hall (Period dress suggested)
8:30 pm Evening Battle Reenactment
6:00 – 10:00 am Breakfast – American Legion Hall
10:00 am to Noon Open Camp Activities
10:00 am Church Services (open to all)
After Church – Mail Call
2:00 pm Battle Reenactment at Pleasant Hill
All the registration forms are on the website so you can print them, fill them out and send them in with a $10 registration fee for each combatant. Non-combatants fee will be $5 each. Children under the age of 12 are admitted free. Once this is received you will be placed on a pre-registered list. There will be registration at the Dog Trot House. Please stop to register, get your parking pass, and sign a hold harmless agreement.
Friday April 10th is School Day! Camps will open at 10 am for your class to get a firsthand look at history! Have you ever tried to explain to your students how load a 19th century rifle or how Napoleonic tactics worked, well bring them out to Pleasant Hill April 10th and we will show them for you. There is no charge for the student for the school day events so bring a lunch and plan to spend the day, there will be demonstrations of Artillery, Infantry, Cavalry and Civil War Medicine. Home Schoolers are welcome too.
Over 150 years ago Americans met on this very field in mortal combat, some wore blue and some wore gray some 2000 of them gave their lives. Join us as we remember their actions on the ground hallowed by their sacrifice. Bring the whole family and plan to make the day of it. Check the schedules of battles and other activities, there will be venders selling food and other items come see what a military camp would have looked like during the War Between the States and share with your family our Nation’s history. Parking fee of $5.
Parade – 10:00 am Parade – Downtown Pleasant Hill
Parade line up will be first come first serve upon arrival. You must arrive at Pleasant Hill High School no later than 10 am and sign in to receive your line up number. Each parade entry will be announced by the named signed in.
Reenactors Contact: Gary Stephen 318-237-5151
History of the Battle of Pleasant Hill
The Battle of Pleasant Hill was fought on April 9, 1864, during the Red River Campaign of the American Civil War, near Pleasant Hill, Louisiana, between Union forces led by Major General Nathaniel P. Banks and Confederate forces, led by Major General Richard Taylor.
The battle was essentially a continuation of the previous day’s Battle of Mansfield, fought nearby, which ended around sunset due to darkness. The night time provided a brief interlude in hostilities. On April 9, Taylor launched an ambitious assault against the newly reinforced Federals at Pleasant Hill and had the upper hand before General Thomas J. Churchill’s Arkansas division was flanked on its right and repulsed. After the battle, the Federals remained demoralized and unconfident in their commander; they retreated to Grand Ecore, and from there to Alexandria. This was the largest battle fought west of the Mississippi River.
Officially, the battle was a Union victory; as the Confederates were successfully driven from the field. However, because Banks and his army had retreated so soon afterwards, many argued over who had really won.
Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the next Battle of Pleasant Hill Reenactment in Pllican, Louisiana.
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