President's Message - Annual Meeting October 2004

Posted 10/24/2004


  1. Achieved procured 501 ( c ) 3 status
  2. Solicited membership through mailings -- now over 330 members from U.S. and three foreign countries
  3. Created FOMB brochure
  4. Created and operate the Web site
  5. Last December we partnered with the Civil War Preservation Trust and the Austin Civil War Roundtable to have a satellite photographic mission flown of the battlefield.
  6. Created a geographic information system of the battlefield
  7. Used GIS to create exhibits for the park, including the large display map in the auditorium and easel map
  8. Created the handout maps for the park
  9. Assisted in the outdoor interpretive signs
  10. Purchased a digital camera for park
  11. Purchased a fine replica of a Sharp?s Carbine for the Park
  12. Working on brochure/map for park patrons
  13. Field questions through the Web site from researchers looking for ancestors' units. To date most are out of state and from former Union states. We average three per month.
  14. Work with tour groups and study groups to help interpret the campaign and the Mansfield battlefield in particular. Thus far we have worked with the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the Berlin Airlift Veterans Association, the Blue and Gray Education Association, History America, and several university professors.
  15. Provided on-air assistance to KSLA Channel 12 (CBS) and KTBS Channel 3 (ABC) in Shreveport.
  16. Assisted the Shreveport Times, the Baton Rouge Morning Advocate, the Wall Street Journal, Louisiana Life Magazine, the Lafayette Advertiser, the Mansfield Enterprise, and the Toledo Bend Tribune with articles, in some cases, multiple articles.
  17. Assisted Louisiana Public Broadcasting with on-air and research for Louisiana the State We?re In, Lost Louisiana: A River Runs Red, Lost Louisiana: The Castaways, and Louisiana: A History, Episode 3.
  18. Field questions for the U.S. Department of Interior, the American Battlefield Protection Program, and the U.S. Army Staff School at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas
  19. Worked with the CWPT and the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture in the Farmland and Ranchland Protection Act program to assist in securing the Historical Easement on Dr. Andrew Porter?s property. In this capacity, we provided historical research and mapping support to the Dept. of Agriculture and we will be the onsite monitors for the program.
  20. Provided support for organizations seeking to preserve the battlefield and other pertinent sites: Austin Civil War Round Table, Anacoco Rangers, the Louisiana Environmental Action Network, the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic, and the Attorney General's office for the State of Louisiana.
  21. Working on an outreach program for teachers in history and science for middle and high schools to teach how the environment and historically sensitive areas are compatible for teaching modules.
  22. Working with upper level undergraduate and graduate students at LSU in Shreveport to map the resources of the park and battlefield. The students will receive college credit for internships to conduct fieldwork on the battlefield.
  23. In the process of amending the National Historic Landmark Status of the park to include the battlefield and not just the 32 original acres. This project is an expansion of our nomination of the Pleasant Hill Battlefield for Nation Historic Landmark Status.
  24. Initiated development of a consortium of historic interests in the Red River Campaign to draw additional attention to the importance of the campaign, including Louisiana State University in Shreveport, Northwestern Louisiana State University, and Louisiana State University in Alexandria.

And, none of this could have been accomplished without the support of the remarkable people who make up this organization -- people of all ages, from a variety of backgrounds, northerners and southerners and those in foreign countries. The diversity of our membership demonstrates the interest that has been generated in preserving historic Civil War battlefields. Truly, this is not a southern issue, it is not a racial issue, it is not a military issue. Preserving our heritage is an American issue, an issue that speaks to the soul of the country and who we are. We must preserve history so that we may learn from the lessons it teaches us. Keep in mind that more Americans died in the American Civil War than in any other war in the history of this country. What we do as Friends of the Mansfield Battlefield is a gift we give those who come after us.