October 5–October 7, 2022
Wednesday, October 5 | 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Today we will be talking about the anniversary of the Battle of Queue de Tortue.
Today in 1859, disputes between outlaws and vigilantes came to a head in the Battle of Queue de Tortue. This battle was the result of rising tensions between the Acadians and their “American” neighbors. The “Americans” formed a vigilante committee which grew to several hundred strong. They took 24 prisoners and gave the leaders a hundred lashes of the whip at the border between Lafayette and St. Landry parishes. In 1986, the movie Belizare the Cajun was released which chronicles this battle.
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