News Release

Southeastern hosts 25th annual Deep Delta Civil War Symposium June 4

Contact: Tonya Lowentritt


     HAMMOND – “Conflict, Consensus and the Civil War: 150 Years of Controversy!” is the theme of the annual Deep Delta Civil War Symposium to be held June 4 at Southeastern Louisiana University. 
     Sponsored by Southeastern’s Department of History and Political Science, the symposium will be held in the War Memorial Student Union Theatre.
     Now in its 25th year, the symposium is one of the largest Civil War conferences in the United States and annually attracts a national audience as well as many local Civil War enthusiasts. 
     “This year’s symposium is dedicated to Roman J. Heleniak, who served on Southeastern’s faculty for over forty years, and, as head of the Department of History and Political Science for almost two decades, helped bring the Deep Delta Symposium to Southeastern,” said Bill Robison, head of the Department of History and Political Science. “He is co-editor of ‘The Confederate High Command and Related Topics’ and ‘Leadership During the Civil War.’ He co-authored ‘Back Door to the Gulf: An American Paradise Lost – The Pass Manchac Region 1699-2000’ and authored numerous articles, essays and a weekly column for ‘The Hammond Daily Star.’”
     Robison said Earl Hess’ presentation “The Myth and Reality of the Rifle-Musket in Civil War Combat” will open the symposium at 8:30 a.m. Hess is the author of “Banners to the Breeze: The Kentucky Campaign, Corinth, and Stone’s River;” “Field Armies and Fortifications in the Civil War: The Eastern Campaigns 1861-1854;” “In the Trenches at Petersburg;” and “Into the Crater: The Mine Attack at Petersburg.”
     The symposium will also include social hours and book sales of speakers’ publications. Special prices are available for tickets purchased before June 1. Participants may also purchase conference tickets at the door. Discount prices are available for spouses and children. Fee information and a complete schedule are available online at
     Teachers in the Teaching American History grant program may be eligible for a grant for symposium fees and are asked to contact TAH grant coordinator Ann Trappey at
     Additional presenters and their topics will include:
     ▪ 9:45 a.m. – “Rich Man’s Fight: Wealth, Privilege and Military Service in Confederate Mississippi” by Paul Paskoff, author of “The Cause of the South: Selections from De Bow’s Review 1846-1867.”
     ▪ 11 a.m. – “From Secession to War: The Confederate Flags of 1861” by Greg Biggs, author of “Volunteer Banners: The Civil War Flags of Tennessee.”
     ▪ 1 p.m. – “In Defense of My Native State: Why Texans Fought in the Civil War” by Charles Greer, author of “Beyond Myths and Legends: A Narrative History of Texas,” and “The Fate of Texas: The Civil War and the Lone Star State.”
     ▪ 2:15 p.m. – “Braxton Bragg Reconsidered” by Lawrence L. Hewitt, independent scholar and author of “Port Hudson: Confederate Bastion on the Mississippi River.”
     ▪ 3:30 p.m. – “Alexander Stephens and Jefferson Davis: A Marriage Made in Hell” by
by Thomas F. Schott, Independent Scholar, former Deputy Command Historian, U.S. Special Operations Command Headquarters, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, and author of “Alexander H. Stephens of Georgia: A Biography.”
     ▪ 4:45 p.m. – “150 Years of Splendid Controversy” a roundtable discussion.
     ▪ 7 p.m. – “A Georgian Looks at Sherman” by Richard McMurry, author of “An Uncompromising Secessionist: The Civil War of George Knox Miller.”
     For additional information about the Deep Delta Civil War Symposium, contact the Department of History and Political Science, 985-549-2109 or, or visit

More News...