Annual Civil War Symposium, Jefferson, Texas, August 7, 2021

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Earlier this week I received this Email from organizers of this annual event:


I can't tell you how excited we all are are to see this email go out - the 2021 Jefferson Civil War Symposium is actually looming on the horizon! Before reading another word, before doing anything else, be sure to put a big, red circle around August 7 on your calendar. That is the date that we're all going to gather in Jefferson for this year's symposium!

Last year we had to cancel due to the pandemic, and we missed out on an incredible slate of speakers... so we're very proud to announce that the same speakers that missed last year will be in the house to deliver the same programs that were scheduled for last August. We're finally going to hear these incredible presentations...
  • Vicki Betts recently retired as a librarian at the University of Texas at Tyler and is currently co-editor of Chronicles of Smith County, Texas, the annual journal of the Smith County Historical Society. She will present “Escape from Camp Ford!” which will look at the various ways federal soldiers tried, and sometimes succeeded, in escaping from the largest prisoner of war camp in the Trans-Mississippi, located near Tyler.
  • William Bozic, a Park Guide at the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve assigned to the NPS visitor centers in Lafayette and Eunice, Louisiana will present “Get in the Saddle and Ride: A Regimental History of Col. James B. Likens’ 35th Texas Cavalry Regiment”, a unit that rode and fought along the Texas Gulf Coast, through the Red River Campaign, in the Atchafalaya Region, and finally in Galveston until the war ended.
  • M. Jane Johansson, Ph.D., is a professor of history at Rogers State University who will present “The 28th Texas Cavalry (Dismounted) of Walker’s Texas Division.” This presentation will provide a collective biography of the men who served in this East Texas regiment, and describe their recruitment, wartime service in Arkansas and Louisiana, and combat experiences during the Red River Campaign.
  • Steven M. Mayeux, a retired Central Louisiana agricultural consultant, historian and former Marine tank officer will present "Joseph Lancaster Brent: Lawyer, Warrior, and Prophet of Tank Warfare." Joseph Brent was one of the more obscure Confederate generals. His impressive accomplishments during the War make this story all the more amazing. He should have died in two different shipwrecks, but instead, lived on to broker one of the last Confederate surrenders. His post-war prophetic look into the future of tank warfare is almost spooky.
These are topics that are brand new to the symposium, even after nine previous years (can you believe that this is the 10th annual?). As always, there will be a full vendor room and a delicious lunch served. The Friday night speaker's reception is an add-on that attendees always love - it's a chance to meet the speakers one-on-one, and hear them preview their presentations.


Anyone interested in attending this event can contact the Jefferson Historical Museum in Jefferson, Texas for further details. Unless things have changed, attendance for the day is $60 and includes a catered barbeque lunch. There are plenty of overnight accommodations in this B&B capital of Texas or nearby Marshall.
 
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Well I'm glad to see its happening, best place to hunt for CW books in Texas. Its good to hear it ain't completely centered on the Red River Campaign like all the other years with a little branching out. Be great if it could lead to a trend.:D
 

James N.

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Well I'm glad to see its happening, best place to hunt for CW books in Texas. Its good to hear it ain't completely centered on the Red River Campaign like all the other years with a little branching out. Be great if it could lead to a trend.:D
Actually, though admittedly largely centered on Red River as the largest event that occurred in this region, there have been plenty of other subjects over the years, though most if not all of them have concerned the Trans-Mississippi theater - not a bad thing! Examples I recall have included unit histories that necessarily extend both before and after April, 1864; Confederate uniforms in the Trans-Mississippi; Indian participation in the war; Blockade Running; and Confederate forts on the Red.
 
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