Jul 31, 2014 1:32 PM by KATC

Michael Marshall discussing canonnier book at Jeanerette Museum Sept. 24

Michael Marshall, author of "Gallant Creoles: A History of the Donaldsonville Canonniers," will discuss his book at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 24 at the Jeanerette Museum located at 500 E. Main St., Jeanerette.

Composed of Creole and Cajun citizen-soldiers, the Donaldsonville Canonniers were originally organized as a militia company in 1837 and were one of the most active and highly regarded Louisiana units during the American Civil War.

Known as the Donaldsonville Artillery during the conflict, the Canonniers were part of General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. They participated in a number of skirmishes, artillery duels and battles including Yorktown, Williamsburg, Seven Pines, Seven Days, Second Manassas, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, the Appomattox and others.

The Canonniers reorganized in 1875 and were accepted into Federal service during the Spanish-American War before disbanding in 1898.

Michael Marshall is a retired New Orleans Police Department detective and sergeant. He holds a bachelor's degree from Southeastern Louisiana University. He is also a former World History and Publications high school teacher and U.S. Marine.

His interest in the Civil War began at a very young age during the conflict's centennial commemorations and family visits to battlefield parks.

This program is best suited for an adult audience and is being held free of charge. Copies of his book will be available for purchase following the program.

For more information visit the museum online at www.jeanerettemuseum.com; email jeanerettemuseum@yahoo.com, visit the museum on Facebook or call the museum 337-276-4408 Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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