Old LSU Site
—Louisiana State Seminary of Learning & Military Academy —
Life at the Seminary offered few distractions and fewer luxuries to either the faculty or the cadets. Fresh produce and meat were not available, but despite the poor food, students left the Seminary in better physical condition than when they arrived. Regular hours, hard work, drill and other outdoor exercise made stout, manly fellows of the boys who came at the beginning of the season.
Reveille was followed by an hour of study before breakfast at 7 a.m. Dinner was served at noon, and supper was held at 5 p.m. The time between meals was filled with recitations and drill. Study hours were held from 6 to 10 p.m., and all lights were out by 10 p.m.
After the Civil War began in 1861, the Seminary struggled to maintain operations until it finally suspended sessions in 1863. When the war ended, the Seminary was without equipment, faculty, or students, as a few Confederate soldiers returned to school.
In 1865, the Board of Supervisors appointed Colonel David F. Boyd, one of the Seminary's original faculty members, as superintendent and professor of ancient languages and English. Boyd and F.W. Smith revised the course of study, making it more flexible by allowing an elective option. The plan called for a fixed course of study for two years followed by an optional group of courses during the last two years.
In 1869, the Seminary held its first, and only, commencement ceremony at its original location. Degrees were awarded to the following eight cadets at this program:
John H. Eady, Travis B. Edwards, Tillman L. Grimes, Henry A. McCollam, Thomas F. Montgomery, Robert W. Nicholls, Herman P. Packard, Joseph Pierson.
Location. 31° 21.494′ N, 92° 26.176′ W. Marker is in Pineville, Louisiana, in Rapides Parish. Marker is on Shreveport Highway (U.S. 71) south of Rigolette Road (State Road 1203), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2500 Shreveport Highway, Pineville LA 71360, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 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); A Brief History of the Seminary and the Original Campus (within shouting distance of this marker); State Seminary of Learning and Military Academy (within shouting distance of this marker); Early Leadership (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fallen Federal Firefighters/ Oklahoma City Bombing Victims Memorial Grove (about 500 feet away); Central Louisiana State Hospital Cemetery (approx. 1.9 miles away); Pierson Lake (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pineville.
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