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Blue and Gray on the Red

March 2 - March 5

Experience life during the Red River Campaign this weekend as the Blue and Gray on the Red events take place March 2-5, 2017, in Pineville and Alexandria. Events include living history demonstrations and camp life tours, battle re-enactments, lectures, dinner theater, and more.

All events are free and open to the public.

Thursday, March 2, 2017:

A Culinary Taste of Historic Louisiana followed by “Sieges and Civilians on Louisiana Rivers” at Forts Randolph & Buhlow State Historic Site
The Civil War Round Table of Central Louisiana hosts two concurrent events for Thursday evening. Starting at 6 p.m., will be “A Culinary Taste of Historic Louisiana,” a sampling with a menu of food from recipes used in Alexandria/Pineville during the late 19th century. The featured dish will be a period-correct oyster gumbo with oysters courtesy of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board. A lecture will follow the social hour. This topic will be on the effects on the civilian population living along the many waterways of our state. This event is also hosted by the Civil War Round Table of Historic Louisiana.

Friday, March 3, 2017:

School Day
Between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., Forts Randolph & Buhlow State Historic Site will host 15 schools with more than 700 students for camp life tours; medical, black pot cooking, and infantry demonstrations; and visitor center tours. Suttlers (period-correct vendors) will be on-site, as well as concession stands.

“Prelude to Little Big Horn: George Custer and the Mutiny in Reconstruction Alexandria” at River Oaks Square Arts Center
The evening will begin with a wine and cheese social hour at 6 p.m. Local author and historian Steve Mayeux will present a program on Friday evening at 7 p.m. concerning the presence of the infamous George Armstrong Custer in Alexandria/Pineville immediately following the Civil War. Several documents from the unit the mutinous Union soldiers belonged to will be on temporary display during the program.

Saturday, March 4, 2017:

Camp Life Tours at Forts Randolph & Buhlow State Historic Site
From 9 a.m. to 12 noon on both Saturday and Sunday, Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site will have both Union and Confederate camps open to the public.  This informal program allows the public to both see how they lived and ask the living historians questions they may have about the era. This event is a part of the main reenactment and does not cost an extra fee. Due to safety concerns, please do not handle any item in camp unless you ask permission of the owner first. Smell the food cooking over the open fire or observe the simple camp life soldiers on both sides endured.

Author’s Row at Forts Randolph & Buhlow State Historic Site
From 10 a.m. to 12 noon, authors who write on the Civil War from across the state will gather in front of the museum at the forts to sell and sign their books.

Medical Demonstrations at Forts Randolph & Buhlow State Historic Site
Also from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, Union doctors will demonstrate the terrible conditions they had to operate in after a battle. These techniques are not for the squeamish.

Battle Reenactment at Forts Randolph & Buhlow State Historic Site
Both Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. there will be a reenactment of one of the battles which actually occurred in Pineville during the Civil War. Earplugs are suggested due to the loudness of the cannons.

Baseball at Forts Randolph & Buhlow State Historic Site
Baseball returns to Cenla! While building Bailey’s Dam, several Union regiments played games of baseball in the exact same place the same place the reenactment is held. One of these games will be replayed preceding the Saturday battle reenactment. Play Ball!

How a Priest Saved his Church at St. Frances Xavier Cathedral
As Union troops were leaving Alexandria, several undisciplined individuals among them set fire to the town. When approaching the Catholic Church downtown, the potential arsonists were met by a pistol wielding priest intent on protecting his church. His bravery caused the Yankee soldiers to move on leaving the structure unscathed. Watch a reenactment of these events at 5 p.m. Saturday evening.

“After the War” Dinner Theater held at Tyrone Plantation in Alexandria
Dine in style during a dinner theater at 6 p.m. on Saturday on scenic Tyrone Plantation. George Mason Graham tells his daughter and son about Grant and Sherman’s seven failed attempts to capture Vicksburg before the decision to impose a siege is successful. Tickets are $25.

Sunday, March 5, 2017:

A Victorian Ladies Tea at Forts Randolph & Buhlow State Historic Site
The tea will start at 11 a.m. on Sunday morning and include a discussion on the history of tea parties, the etiquette of the tea, and the difference between a “high” and a “low” tea.  Guests are invited to join us and are welcome to dress up for the occasion.  The menu will include: ribbon sandwiches, cucumber sandwiches, tea cakes, cream puffs, as well as other tidbits, and of course three different types of tea from the Victorian era. Due to space limitations, a free pre-registration is required by calling (318) 484-2390 up until Thursday, March 2, 2017, at 5 p.m.

Battle Reenactment at Forts Randolph & Buhlow State Historic Site
Both Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. there will be a reenactment of one of the battles which actually occurred in Pineville during the Civil War. Earplugs are suggested due to the loudness of the cannons.

For more information about these events and other special events, visit AlexandriaPinevilleLA.com/BlueandGray or call (318) 442-9546.

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March 2
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