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Newellton in Tensas Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)

Henry Watkins Allen

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1. Henry Watkins Allen Marker
Inscription.  During the second week of May 1863, the Federals abandoned their supply line connecting Milliken's Bend with Hard Times. ON June 4, the Confederates reoccupied Richmond. From Richmond, Gen. Dick Taylor launched an offensive to destroy the Union bases at Lake Providence, Confederate Gen. Henry W. Allen, lawyer and cotton planter, moved from Grand Gulf, Mississippi, to Tensas Parish before the war, and raised several cotton crops. He later moved to East Baton Rouge Parish and was elected to the Legislature. Gen. Allen commanded the 4th Louisiana Regiment and was badly wounded at the Battle of Baton Rouge. He became Louisiana's Confederate Governor in 1864, and sent cotton and sugar to Mexico in exchange for cloth and cloth-making machinery. He supplied many needy families of soldiers with food and clothes. He fled to Mexico City immediate after the war, and died there a year later.

Later his remains were returned to Louisiana, and buried on the Capitol grounds.
Erected 1962 by Louisiana Civil War Centennial Commission.
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Photographed By Cajun Scrambler, circa July 19, 2019
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War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Grant’s March Through Louisiana series list.
Location. 32° 6.311′ N, 91° 14.12′ W. Marker is in Newellton, Louisiana, in Tensas Parish. Marker is on State Highway 605, 0.6 miles south of State Highway 608. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Newellton LA 71357, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Franklin Plantation (a few steps from this marker); Davis Plantations (approx. 1.2 miles away); Bridges Across Holt's Bayou and Bayou Du Rosset (approx. 1.2 miles away); Balmoral Mounds (approx. 1.9 miles away); Shackleford Church Mounds (approx. 5 miles away); Hovey Cuts A Road (approx. 5.2 miles away); Linwood Plantation (approx. 6.3 miles away); Winter Quarters Plantation (approx. 7.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newellton.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 23, 2023. It was originally submitted on July 22, 2019, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 306 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 22, 2019.

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Mar. 27, 2023