“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Franklin in Saint Mary Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)

The Gunboat Diana

The Gunboat Diana Marker image. Click for full size.
November 21, 2009
1. The Gunboat Diana Marker
Inscription. Embedded in the banks of Bayou Teche to the east of this site and visible from here are the boilers of the gunboat Diana. Originally a Federal vessel operating on the lower Teche, it was captured by the Confederates. During the Bisland campaign, under the command of Oliver J. Semmes, son of the Confederate raider, Admiral Raphael Semmes, the Diana effectively harassed the attacking Federals. Damaged in the fighting, the ship was fired by her crew to prevent capture.
Location. 29° 47.489′ N, 91° 30.007′ W. Marker is in Franklin, Louisiana, in Saint Mary Parish. Marker is at the intersection of Willow Street (State Highway 3069) and Main Street (State Highway 182), on the left when traveling west on Willow Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Franklin LA 70538, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battle Of Irish Bend (here, next to this marker); Jared Young Sanders (a few steps from this marker); Franklin (a few steps from this marker); Charles Austin O'Niell (a few steps from this marker); St. Mary's Episcopal Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); German Prisoner of War Camp (approx. 0.3 miles away); Franklin's Historic Lampposts (approx. half a mile away); Donelson Caffery (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Franklin.
Regarding The Gunboat Diana. The gunboats' boilers, mentioned on the marker, are no longer in Bayou Teche.
Also see . . .  The last moments of the Gunboat Diana, and her almost final resting place (pdf file). (Submitted on January 9, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. War, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
Credits. This page was last revised on January 11, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 5, 2015. This page has been viewed 191 times since then and 52 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on July 5, 2015. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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