• Volunteers in tents during one of the battle reenactments

    Volunteers staying in tents during one of the site's battle reenactments

  • A replica cannon of Civil War-era artillery

    A Civil War-era reproduction cannon, located in front of the museum

  • Civil War-era artifacts related to the Battle of Mansfield

    This uniform is one of many exhibits in the site's museum

  • A reenactment of post-battle medicine and surgery

    Reenactment of the medicine and surgery techniques that followed Civil War battles

  • Exhibits in Mansfield SHS' museum

    Exhibits on display cover both battle-related activities and daily lives of the soldiers

15149 Highway 175
Mansfield, LA 71052

32.010924, -93.664949
Hours of Operation:
Wednesday through Sunday
  • open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • closed Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year's Day

Entrance Fees
  • $4 per person
  • Free for senior citizens (62 and older)
  • Free for children 3 and under

Facilities and Activities
  • Concessions Area & Gift Shop
  • Daily Tours
  • Museum / Historic Buildings
  • Outdoor Classroom
  • Picnic Areas
  • Historic and/or Nature Programs
  • Trails
please call the site before your visit to verify the above items are available on the day of your visit


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Mansfield State Historic Site sign

With the fall of Vicksburg and Port Hudson in July 1863, the Mississippi River was entirely controlled by the Union. President Lincoln and his staff decided that the capture of Texas and the Trans-Mississippi headquarters at Shreveport, Louisiana, would be the next objective. The Union surmised that a successful Red River campaign would accomplish several important goals, from the confiscation of cotton to preventing French-Mexican forces from providing supplies and support to the Confederate troops. ↓ show more

Like many important battles, the Mansfield-Pleasant Hill engagement was actually a series of encounters taking place over several days. After a two-hour cavalry fight with Union forces near Wilson's Farm on April 7, 1864, Confederate commander General Richard Taylor (son of President Zachary Taylor) elected to defend a site about four miles south of Mansfield, now the location of the state historic site. General N.P. Banks did not expect the Confederates to fight until he reached Shreveport, so the Union army became stretched out along the narrow road leading to Mansfield. This allowed Taylor to deal with his opponents on more equal terms since the Confederate troops were heavily outnumbered.

At noon on April 8, the head of the disorganized Union army (6,400 troops) was confronted by the Confederate army (10,500 troops) in battle formation. The Union troops quickly formed a line of battle along a rail fence and a ridge known as Honeycutt Hill. On orders from Taylor, General Alfred Mouton's Division charged the rail fence. Mouton was killed leading the attack, but French born General C. J. Polignac, along with other Confederate forces, continued the attack and overwhelmed the Union line.

Two miles to the south, another 6,500 Union troops formed a defensive position at Chapman's Bayou and held this location until dark. During the night the defeated Union forces fell back to Pleasant Hill. On April 9, the fierce Battle of Pleasant Hill was fought, with both sides taking heavy losses and withdrawing from the field after dark. By turning back Union forces at this time, the Confederates were able to prevent complete Union control of Louisiana and stop progression of the war into Texas. In fact, the Confederate victory at Mansfield may have prolonged the war by several months.

 In 1973, this State Historic Site was placed on the National Register of Historic Places, an honorary designation for significant historical sites. Through living history events, exhibits, battle reenactments and interpretive programs, Mansfield State Historic Site allows visitors to travel back to the unrest of the Civil War years. Watch for musket demonstrations, candlelight tours of the battlefield and other exciting events scheduled throughout the year.

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Upcoming Events

In the interest of the safety of our guests and staff, please call the park or historic site directly to inquire if programs scheduled through May 15 are still ongoing.


Trails at Mansfield State Historic Site
  • 3/4-mile Battlefield Trail
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