Civil War Louisiana (CWLA)

Civil War Louisiana (CWLA)
CWLA seeks to provide an online resource of any and all material of the Civil War relating to Louisiana with a special interest in the war in Acadiana in southwest Louisiana.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Young-Sanders Center Guest Speaker: Dr. Horace Beach, Ph.D.

The Young-Sanders Center will be hosting Dr. Horace Beach, Ph.D., on July 8th, Sunday at 1:30PM. Dr. Beach will be speaking on the Gunboat Diana. Below is the annoucement I received from the Young-Sanders Center's Director Roland Stansbury.

The Last Moments of the Gunboat Diana, and
Her Almost Final Resting Place
On the morning of 14 April 1863 the citizens of a small town named Franklin in St. Mary Parish Louisiana were introduced to the sounds of war. On this morning the Battle of Irish Bend also known as the Battle of Nerson’s Woods began with the frightening sound of  hundreds of Confederate muskets aimed at approaching Union forces in the sugar cane fields parallel to the Bayou Teche above Franklin. This battle was fought between Union General Nathaniel P. Banks and Confederate General Richard Taylor for the control of the Bayou Teche region. The Confederate forces under the command of General Taylor were greatly outnumbered by the Union aggressors under the command of Brigadier General Cuvier Grover. The battle was a Union victory at a cost of 353 casualties to the Union command.  The victory would have been an even greater victory for the Union army if they would have been able to conquer and capture the Confederate forces. The Gunboat Diana saved the day for the Confederate forces by giving continuous fire from her siege gun and cannons upon the Union forces. This continuous barrage of artillery fire by the gunboat Diana gave the Confederate army the opportunity to retreat from the field of battle without being immediately pursued by the Yankee army.  This valiant deed by the captain and crew of the Gunboat Diana came at a high cost in casualties. The Diana was abandoned and set on fire by the crew to prevent the vessel from falling into the enemy’s possession.
On Sunday July 8,  Horace Beach, Ph.D., will present a PowerPoint presentation about his research, The Last Moments of the Gunboat Diana, and Her Almost Final Resting Place, explaining how a psychologist in California became a gunboat Diana researcher. He will share his interest in the Diana and her last hours, and present some of his research findings and conclusions. New information will be presented, as well as speculation requiring future research and exploration.
Dr. Beach was born and raised in Texas. He earned a BA in Psychology at the University of Houston in 1990, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alameda, California in 1996. He is licensed as a Psychologist in California and New York. Today Dr. Beach lives in the Bay Area in a small town named Clayton.

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Coppens' Zouave Battalion

Coppens' Zouave Battalion
Lt. Colonel George Coppens (seated) and brother, Captain Marie Alfred Coppens.Image sold at auction on Cowan Auctions, for $14,375