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This intimate bus tour around New Orleans visits sites that relate to the history of slavery, free people of color, and the Civil War in New Orleans.
Start time: 9am
Duration: 4 hours
Date: August 5th, 2023
2023 marks the 161st Anniversary for the Battle of Baton Rouge, and for this anniversary, Blue, Gray & Bayous offers this special once a year tour of the sites around Baton Rouge that were witness to this battle. Lead by a Civil War historian and life-long Baton Rouge resident, this tour takes guests on a four hour-long guided bus tour of Baton Rouge and the surrounding area to discuss the events surrounding the Battle of Baton Rouge.
This tour begins and end at the Old State Capitol, located at North Blvd. and Lafayette Street, in downtown Baton Rouge.
Following the capture of New Orleans by the United States military on May 1, 1862, Federal forces quickly moved up river and captured Louisiana’s capitol, Baton Rouge. In response, Confederate forces under the command of former United States Vice-President John C. Breckenridge gathered at Camp Moore (outside present-day Kentwood, LA) and attacked Baton Rouge on August 5th, 1862. Come along with us on Saturday, August 6th to learn about this battle, and how it shaped and impacted future Civil War activity in not only Louisiana, but how it played into the larger efforts by the United States to control the Mississippi River.
This tour combines transportation, along with walking. Guests will need to be physically fit enough to both ride and walk for a few hours.
This tour begins and ends at the Old State Capitol, located at North Blvd. and Lafayette Street, in downtown Baton Rouge.