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American Battlefield Trust Event

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Battle of New Orleans-War of 1812 with Parker Hills and Daniel Davis

Description: “In 1814 we took a little trip, along with Colonel Jackson down the mighty Mississippi.’”  Johnny Horton’s version of this light-hearted tune topped the 1959 Billboard charts, and exactly sixty years later the American Battlefield Trust Color Bearers will take a “little trip” to explore the history behind this classic ditty—led by guides Parker Hills Daniel Davis— this walking and bus tour includes a stroll through the 300-year-old storied streets of the Vieux Carré (Old Square), which most folks simply call the French Quarter. Along the way, we will visit sites associated with the now famous Battle of New Orleans, and snack on beignets. Come along as we spend the morning visiting Andrew Jackson’s headquarters, the Place d’Armes (Weapons Plaza), and the blacksmith shop of the famed privateer Jean Lafitte. The afternoon will take you to the shores of Lake Pontchartrain with a visit to Fort St. John, and then onto the ruins of the Versailles plantation, and finally to the site of Andrew Jackson’s decisive victory at the Chalmette Battlefield. Pirates, rouges, and world-famous beignets…what more could you ask for in a tour? Please Note: This tour entails a moderate amount of walking.  

 

Flotillas and Forts: Civil War New Orleans with Mark Bielski 

Description: Taking the city known as “The Big Easy,” wasn’t as easy as it looked. New Orleans was by far the largest and most diverse city in the antebellum South. As a port, it could trade goods for arms and other military goods with the world abroad. The cities protective forts restricted Union access to the lower Mississippi River. Thus, for the Union, New Orleans must be taken! Join tour guide Mark Bielski for a lively tour of the “Second Battle of New Orleans.” Participants will hear the stories of the famous, David G. Farragut–and the infamous–Benjamin Butler, and how a combined Navy and Army task force, forced the capitulation of the jewel of the Deep South. Guests are in for a rare treat, with behind the gates access to Fort Jackson…and more!

 

A Walk Among the Tombstones with Sean Michael Chick 

Description: The city of New Orleans is famous for many things, including Mardi Gras, jazz, and the Saints. The city is also famous for its rich cast of characters and cemeteries. In the years following the Civil War, a seemingly endless string of prominent veterans called the New Orleans area home. These veterans included John Bell Hood, Jefferson Davis, P.G.T. Beauregard, and more. Join tour guide Sean Michael Chick for a stroll through the New Orleans Garden District and see locations associated with some of the most famous men in the Confederacy. Then head off to the final resting place of some of these personalities, with visits to Metairie, Greenwood, and Lafayette Cemeteries. Finish your day with a brief stop at the Chalmette Battlefield and tour the Confederate Memorial Hall. This tour is as diverse as the city itself. Please Note: This tour entails a moderate amount of walking.  

 

The Battle of Baton Rouge with Nic Clark

Description: Shortly after the fall of New Orleans, Federal troops marched to the state capital of Louisiana, Baton Rouge, and seized the city without Confederate resistance. By mid-1862, Confederate forces wanted the city back in southern hands. What ensued was one of the great overlooked actions of the American Civil War. Join Nic Clark for a tour of the Baton Rouge area. Stops will include a visit to the Old State Capital, the old U.S. Arsenal powder magazine, Camp Moore—the last camp of instruction still in existence—and what remains of the Baton Rouge battlefield. 

 

"The eyes of the world are upon you," A Tour of the National World War II Museum and Confederate Memorial Hall Museum with Kristopher White  

Description: Join American Battlefield Trust Education Manager Kristopher White for a tour of two of the premier historic sites in New Orleans. The morning and early afternoon will find us exploring the National World War II Museum. Participants will join Kris for a trek through the museum and enjoy the latest offering from the museum "Beyond All Boundaries," a 4-D cinematic experience.  You will learn the reasons why New Orleans was chosen for the location of this world-class museum, as we explore the role that the United States played in the largest, and costliest war, in human history. Hear the story of one of the great unsung civilian heroes of the war, Andrew Jackson Higgins. The afternoon will take us across the street to the Confederate Memorial Hall Museum, which is the oldest museum in Louisiana and boasts one of the largest collection of Confederate artifacts in the United States—here, participants will learn more about the role that New Orleans and Louisiana played for the Southern Confederacy. Please Note: Participants will be given time at each museum to explore on their own.  

 

Sunday, February 10, 2019

A Walk Among the Tombstones with Sean Michael Chick 

Description: The city of New Orleans is famous for many things, including Mardi Gras, jazz, and the Saints. The city is also famous for its rich cast of characters and cemeteries. In the years following the Civil War, a seemingly endless string of prominent veterans called the New Orleans area home. These veterans included John Bell Hood, Jefferson Davis, P.G.T. Beauregard, and more. Join tour guide Sean Michael Chick for a stroll through the New Orleans Garden District and see locations associated with some of the most famous men in the Confederacy. Then head off to the final resting place of some of these personalities, with visits to Metairie, Greenwood, and Lafayette Cemeteries. Please Note: This tour entails a moderate amount of walking.  

 

America's Favorite Pirates: The Laffites—a History Talk with Jack Davis 

Description:  They have been the stars of movies, television shows, novels and stage dramas, and some even believe they inspired the great poet Lord Byron, but much of the 'common knowledge' about Jean and Pierre Laffite is wrong, and a lot of it complete fiction.  They are far more interesting than their myth.  This talk will look at where they came from, what they were doing in Louisiana and the Gulf coast, what they really did for "Old Hickory" at the Battle of New Orleans, and their exciting and often bizarre exploits afterwards as they ruled briefly over a privateering kingdom. Please Note: This is a history talk and not a tour. 

 

The Occupied and The Occupiers: Civil War New Orleans with Mark Bielski 

Description: New Orleans is filled with the stories of colorful characters. World famous chefs, musicians, actors, actresses, and countless others have ties to "The Big Easy." The Civil War and Reconstructions Eras, too, were filled with some of the most colorful characters that graced the city with their presence. Join expert guide Mark Bielski as he takes you to some of the out of the way corners of New Orleans. Visit Camp Parapet, Jackson Square, and the Mississippi waterfront as you hear the stories of how Ben Butler earned the name "Beast." See where Ulysses S. Grant took his famous spill. See the House where Jefferson Davis died, while soaking in the ambiance of one of the most colorful cities in the United States. Please Note: This tour entails a moderate amount of walking.

 

Rolling Down the River: A Riverboat Cruise of the Mississippi and Tour of the Chalmette Battlefield with Dan Davis 

Description: The "Mighty Mississippi" is one of the defining features of New Orleans. For 300 years commerce has flowed up and down the river. At other times, the river brought armies and navies to the city. Join Dan Davis for a morning cruise down the Mississippi River to the Chalmette Battlefield. Hear stories of the city, wars, and personalities tied to the city of New Orleans, as you float along one of the worlds most iconic rivers. 

 

"They fight to liberate." A Tour of the National World War II Museum with Kristopher White 

Description: No history trip to New Orleans is complete without a trip to the National World War II Museum. Join American Battlefield Trust Education Manager Kristopher White for a tour of the premier World War II museum in the United States. Learn the reasons why New Orleans was chosen for the location of this world-class museum, as we explore the role that the United States played in the largest, and costliest war, in human history. Hear the story of one of the great unsung civilian heroes of the war, Andrew Jackson Higgins. Along the way, we will be joined by the museum staff for a special presentation.