The Day the War Stopped

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The second Saturday in June each year marks, The Day The War Stopped, in the little 19th-century river town of St. Francisville, Louisiana. This is surely one of the most unusual and touching of Civil War re-enactments, commemorating the events of another hot June day in the year 1863, when a small procession trudged up the steep hill from the Mississippi River, sweating in the summer heat and staggering under the weight of a coffin. The white flag of truce flew before them, and the guns of their federal gunboat, the USS Albatross, fell silent at anchor behind them as the ship’s surgeon and two officers struggled toward St. Francisville atop the hill.

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