Newellton in Tensas Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
Bridges Across Holt's Bayou and Bayou Du Rosset
To facilitate the concentration of the Union Army at Hard Times, Gen. J.A. McClernand ordered his troops to reconnoiter a road from Somerset along the western shore of Lake St. Joseph. Col. J. Keigwin was placed in charge of this project. Keigwin's force left Somerset on April 25, 1863. A four mile march brought the Federals to Holt's Bayou, one-half mile north of this marker. To slow the Union advance, Maj. I.F. Harrison's Louisianans had burned the bridge which spanned Holt's Bayou, as well as the one across Bayou Du Rosset, a short distance beyond. Keigwin soon has his men at work rebuilding the bridges with lumber ripped from buildings at the nearby Douglas and Wyoming Plantations. By nightfall, the two bridges had been completed.
Erected 1962 by Louisiana Civil War Centennial Commission.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, US Civil • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Grant’s March Through Louisiana series list. A significant historical date for this entry is April 25, 1863.
Location. 32° 6.987′ N, 91° 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. Davis Plantations (a few steps from this marker); Franklin Plantation (approx. 1.2 miles away); Henry Watkins Allen (approx. 1.2 miles away); Balmoral Mounds (approx. 1.6 miles away); Hovey Cuts A Road (approx. 4˝ miles away); Shackleford Church Mounds (approx. 5.4 miles away); Linwood Plantation (approx. 6.6 miles away); Winter Quarters Plantation (approx. 7˝ 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 August 2, 2019, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 242 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 2, 2019.