The 2021 Battle of Pleasant Hill Re-enactment

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Cannon and rifle fire reverberated through the quiet village of Pleasant Hill April 9-11 as the Union and Confederate armies clashed in one of the battles of Union General Nathan P. Banks’ Red River Campaign. Unlike the actual battle in 1864, the cannon and rifle fire did not result in a storm of lead and steel and the casualties “resurrected” after the battle was over.

Friday, April 9, marked the 157th anniversary of the Battle of Pleasant Hill. The first re-enactment was held in 1964 on the 100th anniversary of the battle. After a hiatus of several years, the re-enactment went on to become a beloved tradition held on the anniversary of the battle for more than 40 years. The Battle of Pleasant Hill re-enactment is one of only a few in that it commemorates a specific battle and takes place on the actual battlefield. The site is about 3 miles from the modern site of the Village of Pleasant Hill. This year’s re-enactment featured approximately 500 participants from Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi, Virginia, and Oklahoma.

Friday featured an open camp held for local educators so school groups could come and learn about life in the Civil War era. Saturday and Sunday each featured battles fought before a large crowd of visitors as well as the Battle of Pleasant Hill Queen, court and a contingent of festival and pageant queens from across Louisiana.

In addition to the battles, the event featured a period dance and old-fashioned church service held by the Rev. Alan Farley, from the United States Christian Commission. The United States Christian Commission was an organization formed during the Civil War to minister to the soldiers of the Union Army. Members passed out tracts, hymnbooks, bibles and held services. They also brought extra items such as coffee, tea, and broth to the troops. Rev. Farley travels to re-enactments throughout the United States as a member of the Commission holding old-style church services. Rev Farley’s “coffee wagon”, a reproduction of an 1863 wagon that had the facilities to make over 1,800 gallons of coffee a day, proved to be quite popular with re-enactors and visitors alike.

The event also featured guest speakers Donnie Kennedy and Richard Holloway and a memorial luminaria ceremony commemorating each of the soldiers who fell in the battle of Pleasant Hill.

Scouts from Many’s Troop 80, sponsored by First United Methodist Church of Many raised the US flag on Saturday. Young men from a local Trail Life Troop raised the flag on Sunday. NSU Hospitality and Tourism major, Autumn Palmer, was chosen as the 39th Miss Battle of Pleasant Hill. Converse High student Miss Annabelle Bagley was chosen as Teen Miss Battle of Pleasant Hill.


15 thoughts on “The 2021 Battle of Pleasant Hill Re-enactment

  1. I was the Union Infantry in this battle and I loved it it felt so great to be on the battlefield and to participate with the people of Pleasant Hill thank y’all for letting me come to such a great event every year Mason Lena 5th Louisiana Infamtry

  2. What a waste of time and money. Why doesn’t anyone reenact WW1 or WW2? Because war is hell. Ask any real Veteran….

    • Memaw, you can’t be serious! You need to come on down and join us. I bet you could fix up a mess of fine cathead biscuits for the boys. Quit caterwauling!

    • Many people reenact both World Wars… and many veterans attend war re-enactments… not sure what you’re talking about.

    • You should at least Google before you show your lack of Knowledge. They have re-enactments for WW 1 and We 2 if you want to go. If you are not interested in the History of the Battle of Pleasant Hill, which was fought during the Red River Campaign, DON’T GO!

      • Sorry, didn’t mean to kick your hoop skirt. I fail to realize how a war fought 156 years ago re enacted today is important. Yes I know there are other war re enactments. This country was divided then and now. How does this help with current affairs? Call it what you wish. I choose to support all of America and not just certain parts of History. I am entitled to my opinion and way to go with Southern Hospitality!!

        • Oh, then allow me to educate you. The reason reenacting this conflict is so important is it reminds people what can happen when civil political discourse ends, an people stop talking about politics and start fighting.
          I would also point out the main reason for secession is still with us, what is the role of the Federal Government in the lives of citizens. That question was never decided.

    • Stupid comment. I’m a veteran, and many of us are veterans. There is a huge wwi and wwii reenactment community. Reenactors portray almost every war that has happened even up to modern times.

    • Hey “MeMaw” FYI People do reenact WW1, WW2 as well as The Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Napoleonic wars, French and Indian War, Spanish American War, Vietnam War, Indian Wars, Ancient periods, Middle Ages, Frontier Periods, and more. As for a “waste of time and money” Who are you to judge? How about you spend your time and money the way you want to and I will spend mine the way I want to? Or maybe we should give all our money to you because you are the only person who knows how to spent it wisely? LOL

    • THEY DO! Both WW1 and WW2 are re-enacted as are many other conflicts! Perhaps you should educate yourself before posting?

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