Young-Sanders guest speaker’s topic: Avery Island during war

Shane K. Bernard, Ph.D will be the guest speaker for the Young-Sanders Center for the Study of the War Between the States in Louisiana on Saturday, Aug. 6, at 1:30 pm.

Bernard serves as historian and curator to the McIIhenny Co. and Avery Island Inc., Archives of Avery Island, Louisiana. He is the author of several books about south Louisiana culture and history.

He will present a Power Point presentation on the the history of Avery Island during the War Between the States. Avery Island was important to both the Confederate and Union armies because of the large salt deposits.

Two Confederate uniforms belonging to Capt. Dudley Avery of Avery Island and other historical artifacts also will be on display. Avery was a student at Princeton University, New Jersey when he left there to enlist in the Confederate Army in Feb. 1861. He enlisted as a private in the Delta Rifles of the Fourth Louisiana Infantry and in July 1861 he was elected lieutenant in Co. D of the 18th Regiment Louisiana Infantry. He served under Gen. Mouton at the Battle of Shilou where he was severely wounded. He later served under Gen. Richard Taylor in Louisiana as captain in all of Gen. Taylor’s campaigns.

Roland R. Stansbury, director of the Young-Sanders Center, commented that, “We are very fortunate to have these artifacts on display here at the Center during Dr. Bernard’s lecture. We sincerely hope the public takes advantage of the opportunity to view these wonderful artifacts and hear Dr. Bernard’s lecture on Avery Island in the Civil War.”

The Young-Sanders Center is located at 701 Teche Drive in Franklin, one block from the St. Mary Parish Courthouse. There is no admission charge and the lecture is open to the general public. Refreshments will be served. For more information contact Roland Stansbury at (337) 413-1861 or send email to

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