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Near Leesville in Vernon Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
 

Burr's Ferry Earthworks

1863~1864

 
 
Burr's Ferry Earthworks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, July 4, 2017
1. Burr's Ferry Earthworks Marker
Inscription. On July 2, 1863 during the Red River Campaign, Confederate Major General John Bankhead MacGruder issued orders that East facing fortifications be built in 3 locations along the Sabine-Niblett's Bluff, Burr's Ferry, and Logansport. Constructed first and considered by MacGruder as most important, Burr's Ferry could hold 2,500 men, and was built under the direction of Major General William R. Scurry. This cremaillere type of fortification allowed marksmen to fire in different directions, and consisted of mounds, ditches, and redans, areas for cannon placement, as well as exhibiting a special feature, tetes de pont, or head of bridge, designed for defending roads leading to river crossings. This is the only known surviving tetes de pont in Louisiana. An original remnant of the Texas Beef Trail still exists here. Burr's Ferry Earthworks was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2004.
 
Erected 2004 by Vernon Parish Tourism Commission.
 
Location. 31° 3.934′ N, 93° 30.716′ W. Marker is near Leesville, Louisiana, in Vernon Parish. Marker is at the intersection of Nolan Trace Parkway (State Highway 8) and Biscamp Road, on the left when traveling east on Nolan Trace Parkway. Touch for map.
Burr's Ferry Earthworks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, July 4, 2017
2. Burr's Ferry Earthworks Marker
Marker is in this post office area: Leesville LA 71446, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Burr Ferry (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Old Burr’s Ferry (approx. ¾ mile away in Texas); Cade Building (approx. 10.4 miles away in Texas).
 
Also see . . .  Burr Ferry, Site of Wartime Fort. (Submitted on October 30, 2017.)
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Civil
 
Burr's Ferry Earthworks image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, July 4, 2017
3. Burr's Ferry Earthworks
Plaque at base of Confederate flag. image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, July 4, 2017
4. Plaque at base of Confederate flag.
Major General John Bankhead MacGruder image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse
5. Major General John Bankhead MacGruder
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 31, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 30, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 51 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 30, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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