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    "Prelude to Assault" will be 2 1/2 days of unscripted soldier life meant to portray the days before the grand assault upon the Confederate works on June 14, 1863. The Union army, commanded by Gen. Nathaniel Banks, felt that an attack upon the Confederates at Port Hudson on May 27th would result in an easy victory. However, after the Union were soundly defeated on May 27th, the Union army (with assistance by the U.S. navy) settled in to besiege the Confederates at Port Hudson in what would end up being the longest military siege in U.S. history. The days spent by the Union army leading up to the attack on June 14th was filling sandbags, building battery locations for artillery, probing the Confederate lines, exchanging random pot-shots with the Confederates, all while trying to stay cool in the Louisiana heat. The Confederates, who had been fortifying Port Hudson since August of 1862, were well established behind their works, and would spend their time watching Union efforts to build fortifications, gun batteries, and repair any and all damage done to their works by the Union, all while trying to stay cool in the Louisiana heat.

    Prelude to Assault will take place on the ground of Port Hudson State Historic Site, a Louisiana State Park that preserves roughly 25% of the original battlefield (and most all of the May 27th attack by the Union upon the Confederates). The State Park will be open to the public during regular operating hours during the weekend of this event, but there will be no scheduled battles or demonstrations for the public. This event is for us, but it will at the same time allow the public to see what everyday soldier life was like during the siege of Port Hudson. Likewise, when the park closes for the day, the event will continue; this is an unscripted "live" event where Union soldiers will constantly work to fortify their position and work to probe the Confederate line, while at the same time Confederates will constantly be on the lookout for any attempts by the Union to get over into the Confederate works, all while keeping low to the ground for the sake of Union artillery fire and snipers that might be hiding in the trees, or taking shelter behind sugar barrels, etc.

    For the sake of keeping numbers as accurate as possible, Confederate participation will be kept very low. Statistically, the Union advantage over the Confederates at Port Hudson was around 5 to 1, and for this reason we need all you with eastern Federal impressions. The Union effort for this event is being headed up by Matt Bohnert and Chris Jebb of the Alton Jaeger Guards. Confederate effort is headed up by Nic Clark of the Chasseurs de Chalmette and Cody Mobley of The Invincibles. Impressions for Prelude are the 116th NY Inf., and 2nd Vermont Light Artillery, while the Confederate impression is the 16th Arkansas Inf., with the 1st Miss. Light Artillery. Guidelines and website coming soon!

    Nic Clark
    Nic Clark
    2017 - 24 years in the hobby
    Proud co-founder of the Butcherknife Roughnecks

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    I’m interested in going to the Port Hudson event. I was wondering if it was invitation only or if there is a general registration for the event?
    Mr. Clark I tried to pm you about this but your pm folder is full.
    Dan Kohli

    4th U.S. Artillery, Battery A WI.

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