Time-traveling? You may think that’s what’s happening if you’re in the vicinity of Jackson, Louisiana, in late April. You may catch a whiff of gunpowder drifting over the country fields as “troops” gear up for the annual Battle of Jackson Crossroads Civil War Re-enactment.
The event is one of many that scheduled periodically around Louisiana to commemorate the people and key places involved in this country’s worst internal conflict, which even today – nearly 150 years later – continues to play a critical role in shaping America’s philosphy and politics.
Located on a rolling field off Highway 68, the Battle of Jackson Crossroads re-enactment location lies near the original battle site. On a weekend in April, some 800 re-enactors muster behind battle lines that include more than a dozen cannons to give viewers a taste of what it was like to be on these grounds on those momentous days so many decades ago. Spectators at this event are encouraged to come early and visit the campsites where you can watch cavalry demonstrations, unit inspections and drill competitions.
While in the 1860s period encampment, visit “Sutters Row,” where you will find vintage tent stores of the era. Here you can find unique specialty items and wares of the period.
In the town of Jackson, enjoy a stroll through the historical district; visit the Jackson Museum Complex with a bonus feature, the greater Baton Rouge Model Railroad Association’s indoor, outdoor and live steam displays, as well as Centenary College. Be sure to stop by Old Centenary Inn Bed & Breakfast, Milbank Historic House and Bed & Breakfast, and Old Post Office Gift Shop, as well as the Onion Creek Gift Shop. And don’t miss the FelicianaFolks Country Store, the Southern Belle Antique Station/Southern Bell Club Car and Feliciana Cellars winery, where you can enjoy a taste of the local wine.
Put this event on your calendar and be with us as troops charge and cannons fire. For more information visit Battle of Jackson Crossroads or call the Feliciana Chamber of Commerce at 225-634-7155.