Newellton in Tensas Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
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.
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 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.
Categories. • Antebellum South, US • War, US Civil •
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 26, 2019. This page originally submitted on July 26, 2019, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 91 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 26, 2019.