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|PART TWO OF CIVIL WAR IN THE FLORIDA PARISHES TO AIR ON THE SOUTHEASTERN
HAMMOND -- Florida Parish
citizens making guerilla attacks and bushwhacking unsuspecting Federal
troops … the Union army trampling gravesites at Camp Moore to eradicate
the memory of Confederate soldiers.
These are some of the grim
realities recounted in the second episode of a two-part series on Civil
War in the Florida Parishes airing at 7 p.m., Wednesday on the Southeastern
Channel, Southeastern Louisiana University’s cable access channel on Charter
Cable Channel 18.
The episode, “The Tragedy
of Defeat and the Challenge of Reconstruction,” is part of the channel’s
award-winning series, “The Florida Parish Chronicles.” It will also air
at 9:30 p.m., Mondays; 4:30 p.m., Wednesdays, and 11:30 a.m., Sundays.
The program focuses on
the war’s second – and far more destructive -- phase in the region, characterized
by the intensification of the Federal war against the Florida Parish civilian
population, said the show’s host, Samuel C. Hyde Jr., director of the Center
for Southeast Louisiana Studies and Southeastern’s Leon Ford Endowed Chair
in Regional Studies.
The episode begins with
Hyde’s account of the fall of Port Hudson in 1863 and what he describes
as “the unwarranted, brutal violence inflicted on area citizens by Federal
troops, spawning a Florida Parishes bloodbath which included locals taking
the war into their own hands.”
“Viewers will see the dramatic
way in which Florida Parish locals banded together in guerrilla groups
to attack the Federal army,” said Rick Settoon, the show’s producer and
general manager of the Southeastern Channel.
Hyde also travels to Tangipahoa
to discuss the key role of Camp Moore, the Confederacy’s largest training
ground for troops, with Al Trecost of the Camp Moore Historical Association.
Also at Camp Moore, Hyde interviews military historian Harry Laver, associate
professor in Southeastern’s History and Political Science Department, who
recounts the famed Grierson’s Raid, which cut a swath through the Florida
The program also features
a studio interview with C. Howard Nichols, professor emeritus of history
at Southeastern, about stories of political corruption and racial violence
in the Florida Parishes during the Reconstruction period.
Hyde said that much of
the suffering in the region was due to the intensity of the Federal effort
to subjugate a people unwilling to be easily pacified.
“Few people realize the
magnitude of the tragedy the Civil War represented for southeastern Louisiana,”
Hyde said. “The war left our region devastated, and the people emerged
from the conflict understandably bitter and suspicious of authority.”
“It is most definitely
a story of brutality and despair, but also a great statement of courage
and the will of local residents to endure in the face of ferocious odds,”
“The Florida Parish Chronicles”
has won four national awards, including a Telly and two Communicator Awards
and the Bronze Remi at the WorldFest-Houston International Film and
The Southeastern Channel
can be seen on Charter Cable Channel 18 in Tangipahoa, Livingston and St.
Tammany parishes and on Channel 17 in Washington Parish. The channel’s
broadcast schedule can be viewed on the channel website at www.selu.edu/tv.