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Civil War in Louisiana (1991)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1991-02-22

Duration: 00:28:18

Subjects: Civil War | Red River Expedition, 1864 | History | Civil War | New Orleans (La.) -- History -- Capture, 1862 | Port Hudson (La.) -- History -- Siege, 1863


  • Collins, Robert Host
  • Nachman, Karen Reporter
  • Duhe, Jeff Reporter
  • Hewitt, Larry Interviewee
  • Cooper, William Interviewee
  • Kennedy, Ron Interviewee
  • Potts, Gregg Interviewee
  • Stewart, Luther Interviewee
  • Bergeron, Arthur Interviewee
  • Picou, John Interviewee
  • Arceneaux, William Interviewee
  • Kennedy, Walter Interviewee
  • Stephens, Gary Interviewee
  • Fertitta, Jerry Interviewee
  • Smith, Charles Interviewee
  • Russell, Kevin Interviewee
  • Lovell, Lloyd Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from February 22, 1991, features a special report on the history of the Civil War in Louisiana. Karen Nachman first reports on the 1863 Siege of Port Hudson, including the role of African American troops. She interviews: Dr. Larry Hewitt of the LSU history department; Dr. William Cooper of the LSU history department; Ron Kennedy of the Sons of the Confederate Veterans; Gregg Potts, Port Hudson manager; and Dr. Luther Stewart, amateur historian. Next, Jeff Duhe reports on the 1864 Battle of Mansfield, a part of the Red River campaign. He interviews Arthur Bergeron, a historian with the state parks. Nachman then reports on the capture and subsequent occupation of New Orleans in 1862, including a visit to Fort Pike. She interviews: John Picou, the curator at Fort Pike; Dr. William Cooper; Dr. William Arceneaux, author; and Ron Kennedy. Lastly, Duhe profiles people keeping the memory of the war alive. He interviews: Walter Kennedy and Gary Stephens of the Sons of the Confederate Veterans; Jerry Fertitta, antique dealer; Reverend Charles Smith, collector; Kevin Russell of the Confederate Museum in New Orleans; and Lloyd Lovell, a museum visitor. Host: Robert Collins