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Jackson in East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
 

Centenary State Historic Site

“The Cemetery”

 
 
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1. Centenary State Historic Site Marker
Inscription. Centenary College minutes dated October 7, 1861 read, "Students have all gone to war. College suspended and God help the right." From 1861 to 1866 the college remained closed. Both Union and Confederate troops used and misused college buildings and equipment. Many students lost their lives during the fighting. Despite this, it is unlikely that any Centenary students are buried here.

The soldiers buried here are the unfortunate men who died at the Confederate hospital set up in Centenary's buildings. Over 6,000 soldiers garrisoned the rebel fortifications at Port Hudson. Over 2,500 of these soldiers were sent to five hospitals located in Jackson, Louisiana, Clinton, Louisiana, Woodville, Mississippi, and Magnolia, Mississippi. These soldiers were sent to Centenary because of the healthy atmosphere of the campus. There was a clean water source nearby and plenty of rooms for the soldiers to stay in.

Archaeology places the number of graves at 75 to 100. Most of the men buried here died from malnutrition or infectious diseases.

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The soldiers buried here came from all over the South. The soldiers in this picture are the Farris brothers, who are members of the 41st Tennessee Infantry. Although they survived the Siege of Port Hudson, other members of the 41st Tennessee are buried in this cemetery.
Centenary State Historic Site Marker image. Click for full size.
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2. Centenary State Historic Site Marker

 
Location. 30° 50.522′ N, 91° 12.537′ W. Marker is in Jackson, Louisiana, in East Feliciana Parish. Marker can be reached from the intersection of College Street (State Highway 952) and Pine Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3522 College St, Jackson LA 70748, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Centenary State Historic Site (approx. 0.2 miles away); Centenary College's Main Academic Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Centenary State Historic Site (approx. 0.2 miles away); Battle of Jackson (approx. mile away); First European Settlers (approx. 0.3 miles away); Methodist Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Jackson (approx. 0.4 miles away); Feliciana Courthouse (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jackson.
 
More about this marker. Cemetery is located on the Centenary Historic Site's grounds. It is about mile hike on a maintained trail.
 
Regarding Centenary State Historic Site. Visiting hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
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3. Centenary State Historic Cemetery
$4.00 Admission to the grounds, which includes a tour of the 2 buildings and a self guided walk to this cemetery.
 
Also see . . .  Centenary State Historic Site. Louisiana State Parks (Submitted on July 16, 2015.) 
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US Civil
 
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4. Centenary State Historic cemetery
Centenary State Historic Site Marker image. Click for full size.
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5. Centenary State Historic Site Marker
Centenary College Historic Site image. Click for full size.
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6. Centenary College Historic Site
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 8, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 15, 2015. This page has been viewed 220 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 15, 2015. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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