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Center for the Book

Celebrating Readers, Writers and Their Books

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701 N. Fourth St.
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
www.LouisianaBookFestival.org

Contact us

Louisiana
Center for the Book

Celebrating Readers, Writers and Their Books

If you are looking for Information on author submission criteria, follow this link or email the Louisiana Book Festival Office with questions concerning author submissions.

SEND US EMAIL
(225) 219 - 9503
Louisiana Center for the Book
701 N. Fourth St.
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

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Dennis J. Dufrene

For nearly a decade, Dennis John Dufrene has worked in the field of history. While earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in the field of history from Nicholls State University, he completed a plantation internship at Laura Valley Plantation. Dufrene worked at Oakley Plantation as an interpretive ranger where he wrote numerous history-based articles and press releases. In the winter of 2011, he began work on Civil War Baton Rouge, Port Hudson and Bayou Sara.

Civil War Baton Rouge, Port Hudson and Bayou Sara: Capturing the Mississippi

When Louisiana seceded from the Union on January 26, 1861, no one doubted that a battle to control the Mississippi River was imminent. Throughout the war, the Federals pushed their way up the river. Every port and city seemed to fall against the force of the Union navy. The capital was forced to retreat from Baton Rouge to Shreveport. Many of the smaller towns, like Bayou Sara and Donaldsonville, were nearly shelled completely off the map. It was not until the Union reached Port Hudson that the Confederates had a fighting chance to keep control of the mighty Mississippi. They fought long and hard, undersupplied and undermanned, but ultimately the Union prevailed.

 

1 PM – 1:30 PM

Museum, 3rd Floor

Book Talk

Civil War Baton Rouge, Port Hudson and Bayou Sara

 

1:45 PM – 2:30 PM

Barnes & Noble Tent

Book Signing