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

Franklin Plantation

Franklin Plantation Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cajun Scrambler, circa July 19, 2019
1. Franklin Plantation Marker
Inscription.  At the time of the Civil War, Franklin Plantation was owned by Dr. Allen T. Bowie. Other planters of this prosperous section of Louisiana owned more property and grew more bales of cotton, but Dr. Bowle's mansion was the grandest. A Confederate from Missouri reported the Lake St. Joseph country was "unsurpassed in beauty and richness by any of the same extent.... in the world".

The officers in charge of the XIII and XVII Corps kept a tight rein on their troops, and the stately mansions were unharmed as they marches southward. When the troops of Gen. W.T. Sherman's XV Corps pressed forward to join Gen. U.S. Grant and his invasion of Mississippi, his soldiers got out of hand. On May 6, 1863 a number of rowdies from Gen. J.M. Tuttle's division burned most of the mansions which faced Lake St. Joseph, including Dr. Bowie's.
Erected 1962 by Louisiana Civil War Centennial Commission.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureSettlements & Settlers
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War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #18 Ulysses S. Grant, and the Grant’s March Through Louisiana series lists.
Location. 32° 6.323′ N, 91° 14.114′ W. Marker is in Newellton, Louisiana, in Tensas Parish. Marker is on State Highway 605, half a mile south of State Highway 888, on the right when traveling south. 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. Henry Watkins Allen (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.
Franklin Plantation Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cajun Scrambler, circa July 19, 2019
2. Franklin Plantation Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on January 23, 2023. It was originally submitted on July 26, 2019, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 961 times since then and 330 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 26, 2019.

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Dec. 4, 2023