Public Speaking & Events


We'll be in the Pelican State in April!

Fifty Shades of Blue and Grey
April 5-7, 2019
Who outsmarted Grant at Vicksburg? Why were Texians so vital to Louisiana? What wasted Union resources during the War of the Swamps? Why were Southern newspapers so critical?
Our speakers answer these questions as they take you on a journey back in time. Imagine talking with likeminded people, interactive displays, perusing vendor’s wares, having tasty snacks, and a delicious lunch. Plus a reception and a private “once in a lifetime Port Hudson tour,” taking you to places few have been since the civil war and all of this for just one price.

Richard McMurry: Venomous Toads and Buzzard Puke, Southern Newspapers
Stephen Michot Ph.D.: Guerrilla War and Union Occupation in South Louisiana Society
Tom Cutrer Ph.D.: In Defense of his Home and the Land of his Choice: Louis Hébert and the Third Louisiana Infantry
Danny Sessums Ph.D.: "Yeah, and a heck of a git you got!"

April 5, Friday Night Speaker Reception 7 PM to 9 PM
Heavy hor d’oeuvres, Meet the speakers, Door prize, Raffle, Trivia contest, and some vendors.
April 6, Saturday Symposium 8 AM to 5 PM
Breakfast snack, 4 Speakers sessions, buffet lunch, vendors, interactive historic displays, an after-noon snack, beverages, book raffle, grand raffle, a speaker Q&A, and drawing for a framed, mixed media Burny Myrick original. Tickets for this artwork are sold separately from the raffle tickets.
April 7, Sunday 10AM – 1 PM
Assemble at the Port Hudson Historic Site, see a 42 lb. Cannon Firing, exclusive access to private property for a driving/walking tour of the Priest Cap, the Old Jackson Railroad bed, Surrender Tree, CSA hospital site, the Bluff, the Devil's Elbow and afterward, an optional Dutch treat lunch.
Property owners insist on a signed hold harmless waiver to attend the tour, no exceptions.
***** Be aware, several supernatural events have been reported over the years. *****

The Early Bird, event and merchandise discounts end March 8, 2019.
Register online today at
Call 225 937-2782 or email for details. The BRCWRT thanks the “Friends of Port Hudson” for providing the tour and for the support of "The Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies and the Dept. of History and Political Science at Southeastern Louisiana University.


Interested in having Danny speak to your organization?

Danny has been a lecturer and public speaker for nearly forty years. Recently he has given presentations related to A Force to Be Reckoned With.

Potential topics include:

  • A Discombobulated Regiment: The 17th Texas Cavalry Dismounted
  • The Battle of Franklin

If you'd like to explore an invitation for Danny to speak to your group or organization, please contact us:

Cactus Rose Press, (903) 368-0645

Danny Sessums, (713) 253-7345