Members of the Battle of Pleasant Hill Re-enactment and Festival were recognized at the Capitol by the House of Representatives May 27. They were invited by Representative Rodney Schamerhorn. Representative Larry Bagley was also there to greet the group.
The Battle of Pleasant Hill Re-enactment and Festival commemorates the April 9, 1864 Civil War battle that occurred in Pleasant Hill as part of the Red River Campaign. This is one of the longest running and largest living history events in Louisiana. The organization celebrated their 42nd event in April of 2021 and are already planning for future events.
The Battle of Pleasant Hill strives to educate the public about the history of Pleasant Hill and its historic battle as well as preserve the site and its history for future generations. The group’s committee commemorates this battle to remember those who lived in the town of Pleasant Hill and survived this terrifying event and for those who fought and died on the sacred ground of the battlefield. They remember and honor them because they are people who mattered then, and who still matter now.
These goals are accomplished through the re-enactment and various other preservation projects such as the organization’s “Save the Dogtrot” Project. This is an ongoing historic building restoration of the Elam O’Pry house, known as the Dogtrot since it is a Dogtrot style home. The Elam-O’Pry house is the only reminding structure from the original town of Pleasant Hill and is the only “witness” still standing of the original battle that took place in 1864.