Jefferson’s Third Annual Civil War Symposium

Jefferson’s Third Annual Civil War Symposium


Jefferson, Texas- 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 symposium will take place on Saturday, August 9, from 8a.m.-5p.m., at the Jeffersonian Institute, 120 E. Austin, in Jefferson, Texas.

The symposium theme will be the Red River Campaign in Louisiana during 1864 and will feature four speakers who are noted authors and historians on Trans-Mississippi Civil War history. Gary D. Joiner, Ph.D, a professor of history at LSUS and chairman of Louisiana’s Sesquicentennial Task Force, will present an overview of the Red River Campaign. Scott Dearman, Manager of the Mansfield State Historical Site, will present the pivotal battle of Mansfield. T. Michael Parrish, Ph.D, is a professor of history at Baylor University and will present “General Richard Taylor, the Red River, Texas, and the World.” Richard McCaslin, Ph.D., is a professor and Chair of the Department of History at UNT and will relate the gallant actions of the 19th Texas Infantry in the battles in Louisiana.

The program includes a luncheon with the symposium speakers at the Excelsior House which will include a gourmet buffet lunch. Richard Holloway, an author and speaker on Civil War subjects, will speak after lunch about Hamilton Bee’s failure at the Battle of Monett’s Ferry.

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.
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