The Port Hudson State Historic Site is located on the Mississippi River north of Baton Rouge in East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana, just outside the limits of Port Hudson and in the vicinity of Jackson. The site preserves a portion of the fortifications and battle area of the longest siege in American history, during the American Civil War from May 23 through July 9, 1863. The state of Louisiana maintains the site, which includes a museum about the siege, artillery displays, redoubts, and interpretive plaques. Living history re-enactments are held each year. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1974, significant as the first place where African-American military units fought for the Union Army under African-American field leadership.Use our Jackson travel planner to visit Port Hudson State Historic Site on your trip to Jackson, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
Port Hudson State Historic Site reviews
Very well kept and nice hiking trails. Great little museum with artifacts. Short video that you can watch as well. This is the site of the longest siege in American military history. There is a small.... more »
Port Hudson was the Confederacy Bastion on the Mississippi River just below the mouth of the Red River. The siege of Port Hudson lasted 48 days the longest in American military history even though... more »
Although, there is not much to see as far as buildings go this is a major Civil War site. The trails are a good hike and under cover of trees. We went on a few and only saw one other couple. It was a great stop while traveling and I would recommend it to anyone that loves history or just being out in nature.
Museum is good and the video is informative. It’s unfortunate that much of the actual site of the fortifications are under private ownership since you only get to see one part of the periphery of the earthworks. The site does need some work since much of the trail highlights are barebones to say the least. However for $4 admission it is worth the trip. I suggest fall or winter. Flooding and insects are prevalent in spring and summer.
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