Author Michael Marshall speaks at Young-Sanders Saturday
Michael Marshall will present a program on his latest book entitled “Gallant Creoles, A History of the Donaldsonville Canonniers” at the Young-Sanders Center for the Study of the War Between the States at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Franklin.
Composed of Creole Cajun citizen-soldiers, the Donaldsonville Canonniers were originally organized as a militia company in 1837 and were one of the most active and highly regarded Louisiana units during the American Civil War. Known as the Donaldsonville Artillery during the conflict, the Canonniers were a conspicuous part of Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, participating in a number of skirmishes, artillery duels, and battles, including Yorktown, Williamsburg, Seven Pines, Seven Days, Second Manassas, Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, North Anna, Second Cold Harbor, Petersburg and Appomattox Station. The Canonniers reorganized in July 1875 and were eventually accepted into Federal service during the Spanish-American War, before disbanding for good in November 1898.
Michael Marshall is a retired New Orleans Police Department detective and sergeant. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Southeastern Louisiana University. He is also a former world history and publications high school teacher and U.S. Marine. His interest in the Civil War began at a very young age during the conflict’s centennial commemorations and family visits to battlefield parks. The proud father of two sons, he currently resides in Hammond, Louisiana, with his wife.
The Young-Sanders Center is located in Franklin, Louisiana on 701 Teche Drive. Marshall’s presentation is open to the public. There is no fee to attend and refreshments will be served. Copies of Marshall’s book will be available for purchase. For more information contact Roland R. Stansbury at 337- 413-1861 or: