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Jefferson’s Second Annual Civil War Symposium

Jefferson’s Second Annual Civil War Symposium


By Jeff Campbell/Jeff In Jefferson

JEFFERSON-Since Jefferson played a key role in the Trans-Mississippi Department’s military/industrial complex, Jefferson Is a natural location for hosting Civil War Symposiums during the current Civil War Sesquicentennial. The second Annual Civil War Symposium will be held Saturday, August 17, 2013, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m at the Jefferson Tourist Center, located at 305 E. Austin, Jefferson, Texas. 

The symposium will focus on the events in the Trans-Mississippi Confederacy during 1863 and will feature four speakers who are noted authors and historians on Trans-Mississippi Civil War history. Donald S. Frazier, Ph.D., is a professor of history at McMurray University and will discuss the Teche Campaign in Louisiana in 1863. Gary D. Joiner, Ph.D, an associate professor at LSUS and chairman of Louisiana’s Sesquicentennial Task Force, will speak on Confederate defenses in the Red River Valley in 1863. Anne J. Bailey, Ph.D, Professor Emerita of history at Georgia College will address Texas cavalry actions in the Trans-Mississippi. Frederick R. Adolphus, the director of the Fort Polk US Army Museum and noted military historian, will present a program on Trans-Mississippi Confederate uniforms.

The program includes a luncheon with the symposium speakers at the Excelsior House which will include a gourmet buffet lunch. Whit Edwards, a local historian, author and actor, will speak on “Indian Trouble” during lunch.

Vendors and exhibitors will be present at the symposium and there will be ample time in the schedule for viewing. The symposium registrants will also be able to visit the Museum as part of their registration.

Cost of the symposium is $40.00 per adult and $15.00 per student. Cost of the luncheon with the speakers is $25.00 per person. The luncheon is limited to 50 registrants. For information on registration, contact the Museum at 903-665-2775.

All proceeds of the symposium will go to the Jefferson Historical Society and Museum, a not-for profit 501 (c) 3 entity, for operation and maintenance of the Museum.

For information on Jefferson and lodging, go to and www.jefferson- 903-665-2775


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