Port Hudson State Historic Site
Port Hudson was the scene of the longest genuine siege in U.S. military history, lasting from May 23-July 9, 1863. On May 27, two regiments of the Louisiana Native Guards demonstrated valiant fighting ability in a Union assault of this stronghold. The Native Guards became the first African-American unit to partake in a large scale battle as part of the U.S. Army. With the surrender of Vicksburg, MS on July 4, 1863, Port Hudson was the last Confederate stonghold on the Mississippi River.
The site is located on US 61 in East Feliciana Parish, about 25 minutes north of Baton Rouge and 10 minutes south of historic St. Francisville.