A Brief History of the Seminary and the Original Campus
Old LSU Site
—Louisiana State Seminary of Learning and Military Academy —
The Louisiana State Seminary of Learning and Military Academy, the predecessor of the Louisiana State University, opened at this site in January 1860 with Colonel William Techmseh Sherman as its first superintendent, five faculty members, and 19 young male students.
The Civil War divided the nation, and Louisiana seceded from the Union less than 18 months after the seminary opened. At that point, Sherman resigned from his post and returned to the Union forces, while many faculty and students joined the Confederacy.
The seminary struggled to remain open during the war, but the invasion of the Red River Valley in April 1863 forced the school to suspend activities.
After the war ended, the Seminary reopened with David F. Boyd, one of the original faculty members, as superintendent.
The Seminary held its first, and only, commencement exercise at this location. Then on October 15, a fire destroyed the building, and the Seminary was relocated to Baton Rouge, where it shared facilities with the State Institute for the Deaf and Dumb and Blind. The move was intended to be temporary, but the institution would eventually call Baton Rouge home.
The Seminary is renamed Louisiana State University.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. State Seminary of Learning and Military Academy (within shouting distance of this marker); This Stone Was A Part Of The 1st LA. Seminary (within shouting distance of this marker); The Seminary Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Campus Life (within shouting distance of this marker); Early Leadership (within shouting distance of this marker); Fallen Federal Firefighters/ Oklahoma City Bombing Victims Memorial Grove (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); First United Methodist Church (approx. 0.9 miles away); Tioga Sawmill Commissary (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pineville.
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