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Near Farmville in Prince Edward County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Camp Paradise

High Bridge Trail State Park

 
 
Camp Paradise Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 23, 2015
1. Camp Paradise Marker
Inscription. Veteran, war-worn, French speaking "chic creoles" of the Donaldsonville Artillery detachment of 43 Louisiana Creole Canonniers received orders to guard High Bridge by the Lynchburg Confederate Military District Commander Francis T. Nicholls, a native of Donaldsonville. By June 1864, a bivouac of log cabins were built across the railroad tracks from the Overton house by the Canonniers under the direction of Lieutenant Camille Mollere.

The post, commanded by Major Victor Maurin, was tasked in manning the four casemated earthworks fortifications and their 21 artillery pieces which covered approaches to High Bridge. Having been "feasted" and "pampered" by local families of Prince Edward and Cumberland counties, the post became known as "Camp Paradise" by these Gunners of Donaldsonville.

The Donaldsonville Artillery detachment took part in the Battle of High Bridge on April 6, 1865, after which they joined the Army of Northern Virginia’s retreat and surrendered with General Robert E. Lee at Appomattox.

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Fortifications at High Bridge, Va.: Main Fort, Traverse, Railroad Fort
Garrisoned by 3rd Virginia Reserves – Col. Richard A. Booker
Major Victor Maurin – Artillery (21 pieces)
 
Erected by High Bridge Trail State Park.
 
Location.
Camp Paradise Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 23, 2015
2. Camp Paradise Marker
37° 18.511′ N, 78° 18.874′ W. Marker is near Farmville, Virginia, in Prince Edward County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of River Road (County Route 600) and Jamestown Road (County Route 657), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rice VA 23966, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. African-Americans at High Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); The High Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named The High Bridge (approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker also named High Bridge (approx. 1.7 miles away); a different marker also named High Bridge (approx. 2.3 miles away); Cavalry Battle at High Bridge (approx. 2.4 miles away); a different marker also named Cavalry Battle at High Bridge (approx. 2.4 miles away); Rice’s Depot (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Farmville.
 
Also see . . .  High Bridge Trail State Park. Virginia Department of Conservation & Recreation (Submitted on May 24, 2015.) 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Civil
 
Camp Paradise Fort image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 23, 2015
3. Camp Paradise Fort
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 24, 2015, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 590 times since then and 115 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 24, 2015, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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