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Historical Markers and War Memorials in De Soto Parish, Louisiana

Clickable Map of De Soto Parish, Louisiana and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> De Soto Parish, LA (46) Caddo Parish, LA (167) Natchitoches Parish, LA (53) Red River Parish, LA (2) Sabine Parish, LA (11) Panola County, TX (20) Shelby County, TX (13)  DeSotoParish(46) De Soto Parish (46)  CaddoParish(167) Caddo Parish (167)  NatchitochesParish(53) Natchitoches Parish (53)  RedRiverParish(2) Red River Parish (2)  SabineParish(11) Sabine Parish (11)  PanolaCountyTexas(20) Panola County (20)  ShelbyCounty(13) Shelby County (13)
Mansfield is the parish seat for De Soto Parish
Adjacent to De Soto Parish, Louisiana
      Caddo Parish (167)  
      Natchitoches Parish (53)  
      Red River Parish (2)  
      Sabine Parish (11)  
      Panola County, Texas (20)  
      Shelby County, Texas (13)  
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1Louisiana, De Soto Parish, Keatchie — Confederate Cemetery
Within this enclosure are the remains of over 100 Confederate soldiers. Following the Battle of Mansfield, many were infirmed at old Keachie College, where a morgue was established on the second floor of the main building.Map (db m188236) HM
2Louisiana, De Soto Parish, Logansport — International Boundary
Original granite block 10' long 9" square marked the United States - Republic of Texas boundary. Dated 1840. Set on April 23, 1841. Only marker of international boundary known to exist within continental U.S.Map (db m105266) HM
3Louisiana, De Soto Parish, Mansfield — Battle of Mansfield or Sabine Cross Roads — April 8. 1864 — Area of Third Confederate Charge —
Maj. Gen Walker, with Waul's and Surry's brigades, passed here parallel to the road during a charge that turned the Federal left flank and gained a position on the road in rear of Federal line.Map (db m105303) HM
4Louisiana, De Soto Parish, Mansfield — Battle of Mansfield or Sabine Cross Roads — April 8. 1864 — Rail Fence Used as Barricade —
Here the Federal line extending from the South turned East along a rail fence forming a V. General Mouton's Division charged this line in the bloodiest part of battle. In this, the first Confederate charge, General Mouton was killed and the gallant . . . Map (db m105307) HM
5Louisiana, De Soto Parish, Mansfield — Battle of Mansfield or Sabine Cross Roads — April 8. 1864 — Confederate Battle Line at 4:00 P.M.~First Phase of Battle —
From this point the line extended about 400 yards Northeast, thence East about a mile. It extended about a half mile South from here.Map (db m105293) HM
6Louisiana, De Soto Parish, Mansfield — Battle of Mansfield or Sabine Cross Roads — April 8, 1864 — Area of Second Confederate Charge —
Randal's Brigade of Walker's Texas Infantry Div. charged across this area traveling parallel to the road, supporting Mouton's Division which made the first charge on Randal's left.Map (db m105305) HM
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7Louisiana, De Soto Parish, Mansfield — Capt. Elijah Parsons Petty
In Memory of Capt. Elijah Parsons Petty C.S.A. age 34. Enlisted May 13, 1862 at Bastrop, Texas, for the war. Mustered in same day as Capt.. Co. F., 17th Regt. Texas Volunteer Infantry. Fought in Battle of Mansfield, killed at Pleasant Hill, La. . . . Map (db m178236) WM
8Louisiana, De Soto Parish, Mansfield — Captain Seth Roberts Field Monument
(Front) Captain Seth Robert Field Fell at Battle of Mansfield, April 8, 1864 Aged 29 Member Crescent Regiment of N.O. (Rear) Greater Love Hath No Man Than This. That a Man Lay Down His Life for his Friends - Or His Flag. A Gentleman . . . Map (db m177690) HM WM
9Louisiana, De Soto Parish, Mansfield — Double Churches — 1850 — Historic Site —
The Dolet Hills or "Double Churches" community was organized by homestead settlers in the 1850's on a late 1700's Spanish Land Grant to Pierre Dolet. The Lord, Griffith and Pace families were among the earliest arrivals. There were many family . . . Map (db m105342) HM
10Louisiana, De Soto Parish, Mansfield — General Alfred Mouton Monument
(Front) General Alfred Mouton 1829-1864 (Back) Prince C. J. de Polignac Lt. Colonel July 1861 Col. 5th Tenn. Inft. Aug 1862 Brigadier General Feb 1863 Major General Apr 1864 Twice promoted for gallantry on the fields of Richmond, . . . Map (db m177857) HM WM
11Louisiana, De Soto Parish, Mansfield — General Dick Taylor Monument
To commemorate the victories of General Dick Taylor and his gallant soldiers at the Battles of Mansfield and Pleasant Hill, April 1864Map (db m177856) HM WM
12Louisiana, De Soto Parish, Mansfield — Grove Hill Veterans Memorial
Seminole War William Matthews Civil War George W. Berry Joel A. Carrell Moses W. Collins Devereaux J. Ferguson John F Ferguson Marshall D. Fleniken Edward J. Griffith Thomas E. Hart William J. Horn Stephen D. Lord . . . Map (db m177946) WM
13Louisiana, De Soto Parish, Mansfield — In Memory of Lieut. Colonel Franklin H. Clack. C.S.A. — 1828-1864
Lieut. Colonel Clack Died April 24. 1864 from wounds received while leading the charge of the Crescent Regiment - Battle of Mansfield, April 8, 1864.Map (db m177937) WM
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14Louisiana, De Soto Parish, Mansfield — James H. Beard Monument
(Front) In memory of James H. Beard Col. of the Crescent Regiment Fell at the Battle of Mansfield April 8, 1864 Age 31 Years Beard (Back) First Captain of the Shreveport Greys (Side) First to raise the flag when Color Bearer . . . Map (db m177851) HM WM
15Louisiana, De Soto Parish, Mansfield — Las Ormigas Spanish Land Grant — Historic Site — 1795 —
Historic Site 1795 Las Ormigas Spanish Land Grant Ceded by the Spanish Crown to Jaciento Mora Six leagues square (207,360 acres) Mora Sold this Grant to Samuel Davenport Luther Smith William Barr Edward Murphy . . . Map (db m105336) HM
16Louisiana, De Soto Parish, Mansfield — Louisiana Monument — Battle of Mansfield
(front) On April 8, 1864 Maj. Gen. Richard Taylor rode in front of the Louisiana Brigade of Brig. Gen. Alfred Mouton's division to prepare them for the impending battle. Taylor would later write that he had told them... "As they were . . . Map (db m177553) WM
17Louisiana, De Soto Parish, Mansfield — Mansfield Battle Park
In loving memory of the brave Confederate Soldiers who fought in this battle and to the courageous women who so nobly did their part.Map (db m177911) WM
18Louisiana, De Soto Parish, Mansfield — Original De Soto Court House — 1843 - 1854 —
Restored 1989 De Soto Historical Committee Eileen Latham Nabors Raymond E. PowellMap (db m177525) HM
19Louisiana, De Soto Parish, Mansfield — Paul Boόet Laffitte — (1746-circa 1815)
The progenitor of the Laffitte family in northwest Louisiana was born in Pouyroquelaure, Gascony, France on March 4, 1746 to Francois Jean Boόet and Marie de Laffitte. He immigrated to Louisiana in 1764 and eventually settled here in the Bayou . . . Map (db m105228) HM
20Louisiana, De Soto Parish, Mansfield — Texas Monument
Texas Remembers her sons by whose valor and devotion the federal enemy was defeated at Mansfield, April 8, 1864 and thereafter in several bloody engagements driven from the Red River valley. . . . Map (db m105467) WM
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21Louisiana, De Soto Parish, Old Pleasant Hill — Account of the Battle of Pleasant Hill — The Battlefield After the Fight
Front Account of the Battle of Pleasant Hill The Battlefield After the Fight On Sunday morning at daybreak I took occasion to visit the scene of Saturday's bloody conflict and a more ghastly spectacle I have not . . . Map (db m105410) HM
22Louisiana, De Soto Parish, Old Pleasant Hill — Battle of Pleasant Hill Memorial
In Memory of the Confederates killed in the Battle of Pleasant Hill April 9, 1864Map (db m105407) WM
23Louisiana, De Soto Parish, Old Pleasant Hill — Confederate and Union Soldier Memorial
Front In memory of the thousands of Confederate and Union soldiers buried in unmarked graves on this battlefield Rear At Pleasant Hill On the Battle-field at Pleasant Hill, the night . . . Map (db m105415) WM
24Louisiana, De Soto Parish, Old Pleasant Hill — Dog Trot House
Front This house is the only remaining structure of the original village of Pleasant Hill. It was occupied by the J.W. Elam family after the Civil War. J.W. Elam was wounded in the eastern theater, was home on recuperation leave, and . . . Map (db m105365) HM
25Louisiana, De Soto Parish, Old Pleasant Hill — Dr. and Mrs. C.E. "Gene" Poimboeuf — Married Nov. 22. 1952
The Battle of Pleasant Hill Harper's Weekly May 7, 1864 Pleasant Hill, LA. (Reverse) A Tribute to Our Parents Dr. C.E. "Gene" Poimboeuf established the Pleasant Hill Battlepark in 1994 to preserve the memory of . . . Map (db m178395) HM WM
26Louisiana, De Soto Parish, Old Pleasant Hill — Federal Hospital
Pierce and Payne College building used for a Federal hospital to care for soldiers wounded in the Battle of Pleasant Hill was near here.Map (db m105663) HM
27Louisiana, De Soto Parish, Old Pleasant Hill — Headquarters Department of the Gulf / Headquarters Trans-Mississippi Dept. — (U. S. A.) / Confederate States Army
Front Headquarters Department of the Gulf (U.S.A) Alexandria, LA., April 2, 1864 Maj. Gen. H.W. Halleck Headquarters of the Army Washington, D.C. General: — Our troops now occupy . . . Map (db m105981) HM
28Louisiana, De Soto Parish, Old Pleasant Hill — Old Pleasant Hill — 1850 — Historic Site —
By 1850 Old Pleasant Hill was a thriving community settled by the Blackshear, Jordan, Chapman, Childers and Elam families. Significant structures included the Methodist Church, Pierce-Payne College, Childers Mansion and the Elam House. When the . . . Map (db m105386) HM
29Louisiana, De Soto Parish, Old Pleasant Hill — Old Pleasant Hill Cemetery
After the Battle of Pleasant Hill many brave men were put to rest her. Some wore gray, some wore blue. Map (db m105392) HM
30Louisiana, De Soto Parish, Old Pleasant Hill — Pleasant Hill Battle Park
On this site, then the town of Pleasant Hill, on April 9th, 1864 Gen. Richard Taylor with 12,000 Confederates attacked the town, occupied behind log breastworks by Gen. Banks and 25,000 Federal troops. Through the afternoon the battle raged. That . . . Map (db m105402) HM
31Louisiana, De Soto Parish, Old Pleasant Hill — Pleasant Hill Battlefield — Village of Pleasant Hill — Founded Here — April 1846 —
Pleasant Hill was occupied by Union armies on April 7, 1864 beginning 3 days of fighting which culminated in the largest battle of the Civil War west of the Mississippi River being fought in and around the village on April 9, . . . Map (db m105983) HM
32Louisiana, De Soto Parish, Old Pleasant Hill — Road to Cemetery
This road leads to old cemetery where soldiers of both armies who fell in the Battle of Pleasant Hill, are buried.Map (db m105389) HM
33Louisiana, De Soto Parish, Old Pleasant Hill — Stage Coach Station
The Stage Coach station was at this point, near the center of the Village of Pleasant Hill. Map (db m105393) HM
34Louisiana, De Soto Parish, Old Pleasant Hill — The Battle of Pleasant Hill — Red River Campaign
Front On this 4 square miles in around the village of Pleasant Hill, approx. 15,000 Confederates under Maj. Gen. Richard Taylor attacked approx. 25,000 Union troops under Maj. Gen. N. P. Banks on April 9, 1864. That was the 3rd day of . . . Map (db m105670) HM
35Louisiana, De Soto Parish, Old Pleasant Hill — The Old Cistern
Both Gen. Taylor's and Gen Banks' troops obtained drinking water from this cistern while each army occupied Pleasant Hill during the Red River Campaign in April 1864. The stage coach station stood a few feet north of here.Map (db m105387) HM
36Louisiana, De Soto Parish, Old Pleasant Hill — The Village of Pleasant Hill
Front The Village of Pleasant Hill was founded at this location just inside the DeSoto Parish in 1846. Pleasant Hill was a major road intersection with roads radiating to Mansfield, Natchitoches, Grand Ecore, Ft. Jessup, Many, Red River . . . Map (db m105673) HM
37Louisiana, De Soto Parish, Old Pleasant Hill — Unknown Soldiers' Grave — 1865 — Historic Site —
After the Battle of Pleasant Hill the Confederate army, who had control of the battlefield, began burying the dead soldiers. One of the sites chosen was on the Childers Family property, a part of the battlefield. Here some of the soldiers killed in . . . Map (db m178081) HM
38Louisiana, De Soto Parish, Old Pleasant Hill — War for Southern Independence — Civil War -- War of the Rebellion — Red River Campaign 1864 —
Front Battle for Shreveport The Confederate capital of Louisiana had been moved to Shreveport, also the headquarters of the Confederate Trans-Mississippi Department (All of the Confederacy west of the Mississippi River). The Red . . . Map (db m105977) HM
39Louisiana, De Soto Parish, Old Pleasant Hill — Welcome to Old Pleasant Hill
Front You are standing on the corner of Main and 1st Streets downtown. The stores and shops were mostly to your left and behind you along Main Street. Some were along 1st Street. About 150 feet to your left was 2nd Street etc. Houses . . . Map (db m105979) HM
40Louisiana, De Soto Parish, Pelican — Army of the Tennessee
Front Brig. Gen. Andrew J. Smith Third Division Sixteen Army Corps Second Brigade 14th Iowa - Lieut. Col. Joseph Newbold 27th Iowa - Col. James I. Gilbert 32nd Iowa - Col. John Scott 24th Missouri - Maj. Robert W. Fyan . . . Map (db m105357) HM WM
41Louisiana, De Soto Parish, Pelican — Confederate Soldiers Monument
Dedicated to the memory of the Soldiers of the Confederate States Army 1861 * 1865 "Lord God of hosts, be with us yet; lest we forget - lest we forget."Map (db m214330) WM
42Louisiana, De Soto Parish, Pelican — Federal Advance — April 7, 1864 — Temporary Federal Hospital —
A short distance west of here facing the road, the home of William Robertson was used for the care of Federal Soldiers wounded in a skirmish near by. A mill behind the residence was used to grind grain for soldiers of both armies.Map (db m105348) HM
43Louisiana, De Soto Parish, Pelican — Federal Advance — April 7, 1864 — Wilson's Farm —
From this point Gen. Green's Texas Cavalry drove Gen. A.L. Lee's Federal Cavalry back toward Pleasant Hill until re-enforced. Then the Confederates withdrew, skirmishing all the way, to Ten Mile Bayou.Map (db m105352) HM
44Louisiana, De Soto Parish, Pelican — Leutenant General Richard Taylor
(Front) Dedicated to the memory of Leutenat General Richard Taylor Confederate States Army 1826 — 1879 Son of United States President Zachary Taylor Brother in Law of Confederate States President Jefferson Davis . . . Map (db m178253) WM
45Louisiana, De Soto Parish, Pelican — Pelican 1881
The sight of a Pelican on Carrol's mill pond gave the town it's name. The New Orleans Pacific Railroad sparked it's growth. People moved here from Grove Hill and Old Pleasant Hill. Joyner Brothers country store sold everything from pills to plows to . . . Map (db m177989) HM
46Louisiana, De Soto Parish, Pelican — Sergeant John H. Cook
(Front) Just south of this spot on April 9, 1864 Sergeant John H. Cook Co. A 119 Illinois Infantry United States Army performed a deed of Most distinguished gallantry in action during The Battle Of Pleasant Hill for which he was . . . Map (db m178059) WM
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