Battle of Pleasant Hill 157th Anniversary Re-Enactment Plans Underway

Battle of Pleasant Hill 157th Anniversary Re-Enactment Plans Underway

The Battle of Pleasant Hill Reenactment Committee and Miss Battle of Pleasant Hill, Autumn Palmer, are hard at work planning and promoting the 157th Anniversary event scheduled for April 9-11, 2021. This year’s event will mark the 157th Anniversary of the largest Civil War battle fought west of the Mississippi River and is held on the ground hallowed those many years ago by the blood of Americans locked in mortal combat.

The 2021 Battle of Pleasant Hill Re-enactment is sure to surprise audiences and honor the memory of one of the most significant battles of the Civil War. The committee would like to encourage the surrounding communities to keep the upcoming event in mind and to attend the event, which is free to the public, in April.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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