In 1973, the Mansfield Battle Park was designated a State Historic Site and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places, an honorary designation for significant historical sites. Through live enactments of Civil War historical events, exhibits, and interpretive programs, the Mansfield Battlefield and museum allows visitors to get a personal look at that era. Many Louisiana residents have visited the battle site on school field trips for decades, and others come for the annual battle reenactments.
The newly upgraded museum and exhibit room is totally changed from what it used to look like. Chesapeake Energy donated $145,000 for the remodeling of the facility. In addition to new flooring, lighting, wall décor and exhibits, former displays and cabinets are gone now, and the redesigned museum has photo enhanced, expansive well-written timeline stories by Scott Dearman, Site Manager. The museum exhibits Civil War weapons, arms, letters, diaries, uniforms and other related artifacts. Visitors can walk the interpretive trail named in honor of General Mouton that winds through the 177-acre site.
The significance of the battles of Mansfield and Pleasant Hill are told here as are period musket demonstrations, candlelight tours of the battlefield and other exciting events scheduled throughout the year. To learn more about the confederate victory of Mansfield, how it was planned and executed, visit the Mansfield State Historic Battle Park located four miles south of Mansfield on LA 175.
The Friends of the Mansfield Battlefield organization supports the preservation efforts of the Office of State Parks. For more information visit www.mansfieldbattlefield.org.