Saturday, September 14, 2013

17. Carl Bernhard, Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, Part II.

17. We finish discussing the 1825-1826 visit to America of Carl Bernhard, Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach. Bernhard, a hero of the Battle of Waterloo, was a Prussian officer who fought with the British against Napoleon.  As a popular, powerful aristocrat, Bernhard was given the red carpet treatment throughout his travels.  We discuss his adventures in New Orleans, Louisiana, and on the Mississippi River, and his observations of the early American republic.  He was a keen observer of life in general, and the military in particular. The hero of Waterloo gives a vivid account of the Battle of New Orleans, possibly the first one many in his original European audience had read.
  1. This week in Louisiana:
    5th Annual Louisiana Studies Conference, “Preserving Louisiana” Northwestern State University of Louisiana. Presentation about the Louisiana Anthology by Bruce & Steven.  Sept 21, 2:00-3:15 Performing Arts Building 207.  Admission is free.  Come for the presentation, stay for the meat pies!
    Natchitoches Meat Pie Festival
    September 20, 2013 - September 21, 2013
    Website | 318-352-8072, 800-259-1714
    781 Front Street, Natchitoches, LA 71457
    Celebrate our famous meat pies with music, eating contests and lotta' hotta' meat pies on the downtown riverbank in downtown historic district. Admission is free.
  2. This week in Louisiana history -  English Turn  So named because in this bend, September 15, 1699, Bienville, coming downstream, met the British who had come up river to choose site for a settlement. Bienville convinced Captain Lewis Banks that the territory was in possession of the French. Early concessions were established in the vicinity.
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