“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Madisonville in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)

Civil War Earthworks

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November 10, 2016
1. Civil War Earthworks Marker
Inscription.  One of two lines of fortifications excavated from January to March 1864 by Union forces "on fatigue duty" soon after their capture of Madisonville. Intended to defend the town from Confederate attacks coming from the surrounding countryside. The earthworks originally consisted of a trench protected by an "abatis" or barrier of felled trees with sharpened ends laid pointing out along its edge. The line meandered from approximately Rene and Covington Streets in a westerly direction to about this point on Johnson Street. Property records for the lot adjacent to this site mention "breastworks" on the land from the 1870s forward. Madisonville was occupied to obtain war supplies in the form of timber, lumber, logs, turpentine, tar and bricks for the federal Department of the Gulf.
Erected by Town of Madisonville.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
Location. 30° 24.656′ N, 90° 9.71′ W. Marker is in Madisonville, Louisiana, in St. Tammany Parish. Marker is at the intersection of Johnson
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November 10, 2016
2. Civil War Earthworks Marker
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Street and Third Street, on the right when traveling east on Johnson Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Madisonville LA 70447, 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. Madisonville Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away); War of 1812 Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Madisonville (approx. 0.6 miles away); Steam Powered "Groundhog" Sawmill (approx. 1.2 miles away); Lake Pontchartrain Causeway (approx. 5.1 miles away); Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Bridge (approx. 5.1 miles away); Greater Mandeville Veterans Memorial (approx. 5.6 miles away); Saint Peter Church (approx. 5.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Madisonville.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 17, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 17, 2016, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 548 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 17, 2016.

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