Mansfield State Commemorative Area Schedule of Events

DateTitleDescription
First Sunday of the month (weather permitting) Fields of Plenty Find out about 1860s agriculture, gardening and food preservation. Soup's on! You can dip a ladle, cut into a side of beef and chew on hardtack with other visitors and park staffers in period costume -- and you can take a turn at the hoe! Call ahead for details on this popular activity.
April 18-19, 1998 Battle of Mansfield Re-enactment A recreation of the sights and sounds of the Battle of Mansfield, the South's last great victory of the War. One of the largest battles during the Civil War in the Trans-Mississippi, it is today one of the region's largest yearly re-enactments. A re-enactment of the battle will be held at 2:30 p.m. April 18 and at 1:30 p.m. April 19. Other events from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Note: Parts of the original battlefield not normally open to the public will be open for this re-enactment.
May 30, 1998 Clothing Not Optional Find out what the soldiers wore and why in this show of Civil War uniforms and clothing. Learn what the uniforms were made of in the material-starved south, and learn why soldiers of both sides wore those impossible wool uniforms, even in the deadly heat of summer!
June 13, 1998 Great Haversacks! The world of the soldier's haversack, which today would be called a backpack or a field pack, will be explored. Carried on the side on a sling slung over the opposite shoulder, or as simple as a roll slung over the shoulder, these carried a number of official as well as personal items, ranging from extra ammunition and clothing to sewing- and writing-kits, pictures to plunder and, of course, extra food!


The museum features a daily slide show on the Red River Campaign and the Battle of Mansfield. There is a gift shop with a wide selection of books and mementos. The park has numerous trails, interpretive markers and a picnic area.


School groups are welcome! Reservations are required, however. Please call us at (318) 872-1474. There is a NEW toll-free number, (888) 677-6267.
We need volunteers at the park! If you are interested in becoming a volunteer and helping with the many fine activities at the park, then please call us at (318) 872-1474. There is a NEW toll-free number, (888) 677-6267.


For more information about our programs please contact the Mansfield State Commemorative Area, 15149 Highway 175, Mansfield, La. 71052, or call us from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at (318) 872-1474. There is a NEW toll-free number, (888) 677-6267.


This page was established December 22, 1996. It is updated as necessary.
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