Naval Battle of Port Jefferson Civil War Reenactment
New event for 2014!
The Battle of Port Jefferson will be a Naval Battle on the Big Cypress Bayou. Details are coming soon!
Imagine being carried back to the year 1864! The first weekend of May every year the whole town of Jefferson TX is transported back to that time when the Civil War was coming to a close. For many years the Chamber hosted the Battle of Port Jefferson a Civil War Reenactment, possibly the largest in the state of Texas. Downtown Jefferson is overtaken with people walking the brick lined streets in period clothing and here and there you’ll also see re-enactors riding around town on horseback.
You’ll experience living history and what it’s like to see historic type tent avenues filled with folks sitting by the fire sharing stories and tales of battles fought and those to come. In these encampments you’ll see cooking items from the past being used today, in fact everything is of a historic nature, from the tents to the cots and bed-rolls, buckets, pots and dishware from the past. You can see these tent camps all over town, stop by and talk to the re-enactors if you get a chance they love to share with civilians. And be sure to stop by any of the Sutler’s Tents to buy some of their wares.
The Union mounted several attempts to capture the trans-Mississippi regions of Texas and Louisiana from 1862 until the war’s end. With ports to the east under blockade or captured, Texas in particular became a blockade-running haven. Referred to as the “back door” of the Confederacy, Texas and western Louisiana continued to provide cotton crops shipped to Europe by means of blockade runners in exchange for supplies. The Union’s disastrous Red River Campaign in western Louisiana, including a defeat at the Battle of Mansfield, effectively ended the Union’s final invasion attempt of the region until the fall of the Confederacy. Had the Union soldiers not been stopped at Mansfield they would surely have been looking upriver to Jefferson a major river port of the time. Jefferson now takes that history and brings it to life each year.
Scheduled venues during this weekend
The public and school groups are invited to learn more about this time period with a tour through the Living History aisle set up at Diamond Don’s RV park just outside of town.
In the morning there is a parade that files down Austin St. complete with local organizations and many, many battalions of Confederate and Union soldiers both infantry and Cavalry. After the parade there is a small skirmish on Austin St.
In the evening battle uniforms are traded in for dress uniforms and beautiful flowing ball gowns all headed downtown to the Southern Heritage Grand Ball where one of the best period bands plays late into the evening.
In the morning is the Presentation of Colors Reenactment in front of the Episcopal Church across from Lion’s Park
When coming to Jefferson Texas; be sure to book your lodging early, rooms become scarce. Bring your lawn chairs, umbrellas, picnic blanket, sunscreen and maybe even a hat to shade your face. Oh and don’t forget your camera.
Be sure to visit our Calendar of Events for detailed dates and information yearly.
The Civil-War Living History event is hosted by the Marion County Chamber of Commerce