“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Newellton in Tensas Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)

Hovey Cuts A Road

Hovey Cuts A Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jeff Lovorn, December 21, 2011
1. Hovey Cuts A Road Marker
Inscription. The flooded countryside between Pointe Clear and New Carthage forced the Federals to look for another way to reach Somerset. Gen. A.P. Hovey's division was given the task of opening the road known to bound Bayou Vidal on the West.

Leaving Dawson's plantation on April 21, 1863 Hovey's Troops marched to Dunbar's plantation. Here the Federals discovered a mile and one-half of the road between Mill and Nigger Bayous was under water. Hovey's engineers bridged Bayou Vidal. The road was cut through the heavy timber on the east side of the stream, and a slough was bridged. Reaching a point below the flooded area, Hovey's soldiers bridged Bayou Vidal a second time. Much of this work was of the hardest kind, the soldiers having to labor in water up to their necks. By April 26th, the three bridges, totaling 962 feet in length, were open for traffic. During the next several weeks, thousands of Union troops followed the route pioneered by Hovey.
Location. 32° 10.827′ N, 91° 13.991′ W. Marker is in Newellton, Louisiana, in Tensas Parish. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 65 and State Road 898, on the right when traveling south on U.S. 65. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Newellton LA 71357, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Balmoral Mounds (approx. 3.4 miles away); Fitzhugh Mounds (approx. 13.2 miles away); Crescent Plantation (approx. 13.7 miles away); Skirmish at Richmond (approx. 14.1 miles away); Burning of Richmond (approx. 14.1 miles away).
Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Jeff Lovorn of Florence, Mississippi. This page has been viewed 376 times since then and 73 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on , by Jeff Lovorn of Florence, Mississippi. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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