Events mark brief Civil War civility
As communities across the country mark the sesquicentennial of many events connected to the Civil War and 1863, St. Francisville observes a moment of civility in the midst of the bloody war, “The Day the War Stopped,” with activities Friday through Sunday.
On June 11, 1863, a truce between Confederate supporters and Union naval forces allowed the burial of Cmdr. John E. Hart, skipper of the U.S.S. Albatross, in a Masonic service at Grace Episcopal Church Cemetery.
Friday activities begin at 7 p.m. with graveside histories at the church cemetery and an 8 p.m. open house and historical presentation at the Masonic lodge hall across Ferdinand street from the church.
On Saturday, a parade will be held at 10 a.m. in St. Francisville’s Historic District, and lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A historical talk and grand masters’ presentation will be held at the lodge hall, with antebellum period music and dancing set from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Grace Church’s Jackson Hall.
A dramatic re-enactment of Commander Hart’s young wife in New York reading her husband’s last letter to their son and receiving the news of his death will be held at 1:30 p.m. at Jackson Hall, followed by a re-enactment of Cmdr. Hart’s burial at 2 p.m.
Oakley Plantation at Audubon State Historic Site presents vintage dancers from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and special tours with living history demonstrations will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
On Sunday, Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site will have a 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. program on Civil War medical techniques and period burial customs.
Destinique Dukes and her daughters, Isis and Egypt, will operate a lemonade stand from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at 1225 Alabama St., across from the Baker Municipal Building, as part of a national fundraiser benefitting childhood cancer research.
Shady Grove First Missionary Church, 16443 Plank Road, Baker, has its annual health fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, offering free eye and hearing exams, cholesterol and glucose testing as well as children’s safety activities. The public is invited.
Movie in the park
A free viewing of the Disney movie “The Princess and the Frog” is offered at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the American Legion Park in Clinton, sponsored by the East Feliciana Parish Drug and Alcohol Awareness Council, the Faith-Based Coalition and the District Attorney’s Office.
Louisiana State Penitentiary Warden Burl Cain said inmate organizations donated a total of $3,850 last week to the relief organization Samaritan’s Purse to assist families affected by the recent tornado outbreaks in Oklahoma.
Trish Ransom presents free workshops to make dragonflies from scrap items for children 10 and older at the Audubon Regional Library branches next week, beginning at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Greensburg, 10 a.m. June 13 at Clinton United Methodist Church Hall and 1 p.m. June 13 at the Jackson branch. Call (225) 222-4328 in Greensburg, (225) 683-8753 in Clinton and (225) 634-7508 in Jackson to register.
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