Memphis in Shelby County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
White Hall Plantation/Union, Louisiana/Point Houmas
Panel #13 Mississippi Riverwalk
A) White Hall Plantation
Mile 166.0 AHP
One of the most effective Confederate gun batteries on the river was located near White Hall. When it was bombarded by the Union Ironclad, Monongahela in 1863, the vessel’s commander was killed and a young executive officer named George Dewey took command. Years later Admiral Dewey led the victorious American fleet at Manila Bay during the Spanish-American War in 1898.
B) Union, Louisiana
Mile 166.7 AHP
Annual Christmas Eve bonfires have been a tradition here for many years. Wood was gathered for weeks in advance and stacked around poles on the levee. The fires were kindled with tall reeds called “Roseaux” which popped like firecrackers in the flames.
C) Point Houmas
Mile 171.2 AHP
This area is named for the Human Indians, who settled here after the Tunica Indians drove them out of their east bank home. The Houmas were well-known amount the early French settlers for their rare combination of bravery and kindness. They treated their war prisoners with gentle courtesy and often consoled them for having the bad luck of being captured. A Frenchman who visited the tribe reported their unusual fondness for chickens, not to eat, but as pets. They had acquired a flock from a wrecked ship and allowed the domesticated birds free run of their village. The Houmas refused to sell their chickens to travelers who might eat them. By 1811 the Houma tribe numbered only about 80.
Photo Credit: Preparing for Annual Christmas Eve Bonfire, Louisiana Office of Tourism
Erected by Mississippi Riverwalk. (Marker Number 13.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Disasters • Native Americans • War, US Civil • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 35° 8.968′ N, 90° 3.507′ W. Marker is in Memphis, Tennessee, in Shelby County. Marker can be reached from Island Drive 0.8 miles south of West A.W. Willis Avenue. Located in Mud Island River Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 125 N Front St, Memphis TN 38103, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Mississippi Riverwalk (here, next to this marker); Ohio River (here, next to this marker); Cairo, Illinois (here, next to this marker); Islands No. 2, 3, and 4/Fort Jefferson, Kentucky/Bird’s Point, Missouri (here, next to this marker); Island No. 5 (Wolf Island)/Belmont, Missouri/Columbus, Kentucky (here, next to this marker); Donaldson Point, Missouri/Island No. 8/Hickman, Kentucky/Dorena Crevasse (here, next to this marker); New Madrid, Missouri/Cates Casting Field/Island No. 10 (here, next to this marker); Tiptonville, Tennessee/Bixby Towhead (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Memphis.
Also see . . .
1. White Hall Plantation House. Union General Nathaniel P. Banks used the house as a military headquarters in 1863. During the 20th century, the mansion was twice moved back from the encroaching river waters. In late 2013, after a decade of restoration work, the White Hall Plantation & Gardens were opened to public view for the first time. (Submitted on March 14, 2018, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Alabama, USA.)
2. USS Monongahela (1862). USS Monongahela (1862) was a barkentine–rigged screw sloop-of-war that served in the Union Navy during the American Civil War. Her task was to participate in the Union blockade of the Confederate States of America. Post-war, she continued serving her country in various roles, such as that of a storeship and schoolship. (Submitted on March 14, 2018, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Alabama, USA.)
3. Houma people. The Houma (/ˈhoʊmə/) are a historic Native American tribe located in Louisiana on the east side of the Red River of the South. Their descendants, the Houma people or organization ““The United Houma Nation””, have been a state recognized tribe since 1972. According to the tribe, they have about 17,000 enrolled tribal citizens residing within a six-parish (county) service area, which encompasses 4,750 square miles. The six parishes are the following: St. Mary, Terrebonne, Lafourche, Jefferson, Plaquemines, and St. Bernard parishes. (Submitted on March 14, 2018, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Alabama, USA.)
Credits. This page was last revised on March 15, 2018. It was originally submitted on March 14, 2018, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 98 times since then and 10 times this year. Photo 1. submitted on March 14, 2018, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Alabama, USA. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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