Aug. 18, 2014


For Immediate Release

CÚline Alis
(337) 365-1540

(888) 942-3742

Iberia Parish Convention 

and Visitors Bureau

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Jeanerette Museum to Host Civil War Book Talk on Canonniers

JEANERETTE, La. --- 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. in 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 free program is best suited for an adult audience. Copies of "Gallant Creoles: A History of the Donaldsonville Canonniers" will be available for purchase following the program.

View the flyer in PDF here.


The Iberia Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official parish marketing agency promoting New Iberia, Avery Island, Jefferson Island, Jeanerette, Loreauville and Delcambre as a destination. Marketing programs target leisure travelers, business travelers, media, entertainment industry, and the travel trade including group tour planners, meeting planners, sports planners and special event planners. The bureau operates a parish welcome center located at 2513 Hwy. 14 in New Iberia.


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