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St. Joseph in Tensas Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)

Engagement At Choctaw Bayou

Engagement At Choctaw Bayou Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cajun Scrambler, July 19, 2019
1. Engagement At Choctaw Bayou Marker
After completing the bridges across Phelps and Clark Bayous Col. J. Keigwin started for Hard Times on the Mississippi River on April 28, 1863. A cavalry patrol was sent to see if it could locate Maj. I.F. Harrison's Louisianians. The Union cavalryman called for help. Col. Keigwin marched his entire command to their assistance. During the ensuing engagement, both sides used artillery. The Federals, having rifled artillery, enjoyed an advantage. After one hour, Harrison's Louisianians fell back to St. Joseph. Not wishing to bridge another stream, Keigwin decided not to follow. Retracing their steps, the Federals headed for Hard Times.
Erected 1962 by Louisiana Civil War Centennial Commission.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Grant’s March Through Louisiana series list. A significant historical date for this entry is April 28, 1863.
Location. 31° 59.319′ N, 91° 15.367′ W. Marker is in St. Joseph, Louisiana, in Tensas Parish. Marker is on State Highway 605 north of Arceneaux Road
Engagement At Choctaw Bayou Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cajun Scrambler, July 19, 2019
2. Engagement At Choctaw Bayou Marker
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, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Joseph LA 71366, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Flowery Mound (approx. 3.4 miles away); Mound Plantation (approx. 4.3 miles away); St. Joseph (approx. 5.1 miles away); Tensas Rifle Co. (approx. 5.3 miles away); Tensas Parish Veterans (approx. 5.3 miles away); Major Isaac Harrison's Tensas Calvary (approx. 5.3 miles away); Linwood Plantation (approx. 5.4 miles away); Winter Quarters Plantation (approx. 5.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Joseph.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 23, 2023. It was originally submitted on July 20, 2019, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 269 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 20, 2019.

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