Lafayette of the South: Prince Camille de Polignac

Of all the general officers produced during the American Civil War, perhaps none was more intriguing than Prince Camille Armand de Polignac, of France. The life of this soldier-aristocrat will be featured at the Mansfield State Historic Site during a special presentation by park historians on Saturday, July 2, at 2:00 pm.

Of noble lineage and the highest ranking foreign-national to serve in the Confederate army, Polignac led a brigade and later a division of Louisiana and Texas troops with distinction at the battles of Mansfield and Pleasant Hill in April 1864. A royal soldier of fortune and adventurer who excelled in mathematics, science, and the art of war, Prince de Polignac held the rare distinction of serving in three major wars of the mid-19th century, from lieutenant in the Crimean War and major general in the American South, to distinguished service as an infantry division commander during the Franco-Prussian War.

Come learn more about this unique personality who would earn the title, “The Lafayette of the South.”

Mansfield State Historic Site is located on LA Hwy. 175, three miles south of Mansfield. Admission is $4 per person ages 4-61; seniors 62 and over and children 3 and under are admitted free. For more information, call 318.872.1474 or 888.677.6267.