(Mansfield, La.) – On Friday, April 7, Louisiana Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser will join with the Civil War Trust and Cleco to announce the permanent protection of hallowed ground at the Mansfield Battlefield in DeSoto Parish, Louisiana.
At the Battle of Mansfield, fought April 8, 1864, an army of fewer than 9,000 Confederate soldiers from Texas and Louisiana defeated 13,000 Union troops under Union Gen. Nathaniel Banks. Mansfield was the decisive battle of the Red River Campaign, one of the major campaigns of the American Civil War.
The ceremony will begin at 11:00 a.m. at Mansfield State Historic Site. Joining the lt. governor will be Civil War Trust Chairman emeritus John L. Nau, III, and Robbie Laborde, vice president of generation operations and environmental services for Cleco Power LLC - which donated the preserved land. The street address for the event is 15149 Hwy. 175, Mansfield, La.
Following remarks, attendees are invited to tour the historic site and museum. Refreshments will be available throughout the event.
WHAT: Preservation Celebration at Mansfield State Historic Site
WHO: Louisiana Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser, and representatives of the Civil War Trust and Cleco
WHEN: Friday, April 7 at 11:00 a.m. CT
WHERE: Mansfield State Historic Site, 15149 Hwy. 175, Mansfield, La.
The Civil War Trust is the premier nonprofit organization devoted to the preservation of America’s hallowed battlegrounds. Although primarily focused on the protection of Civil War battlefields, through its Campaign 1776 initiative, the Trust also seeks to save the battlefields connected to the Revolutionary War and War of 1812. To date, the Trust has preserved 45,000 acres of battlefield land in 23 states, including 421 acres at Mansfield and 750 acres in Louisiana.
Cleco is a regional energy company that conducts substantially all of its business operation through its primary subsidiary, Cleco Power. Cleco Power is a regulated electric utility company that owns nine generation units with a total nameplate capacity of 3,310 MWs and serves approximately 288,000 customers in Louisiana through its retail business and supplies wholesale power in Louisiana and Mississippi.
The Civil War Preservation Trust became the Civil War Trust in January 2011; the Civil War Trust became a division of the American Battlefield Trust in May 2018. Campaign 1776 was created in 2014 as an initiative of the Civil War Trust; in May 2018 it became the Revolutionary War Trust, a division of the American Battlefield Trust.