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July 14, 2018
Mayflower Mound Marker
Louisiana (Tensas Parish), Mayflower — Mayflower Mound Ancient Mounds Trail
On Route 892 0.2 miles south of Route 573, on the right when traveling south.
Mayflower is a rectangular-shaped mound with a flat top. It was 10 1/2 feet tall, 130 by 130 feet at the base and 60 by 65 feet at the summit. The mound is well preserved, but the southeast corner was damaged during historic times. Decorated . . . — Map (db m120580) HM
Louisiana (Tensas Parish), Mayflower — Sundown Mounds Ancient Mounds Trail
On Mayflower Road (Road 3252) 0.5 miles north of Sundown Road (Parish Road 422), on the left when traveling north.
Sundown has 3 mounds that form an equilateral triangle. Two of the mounds are platform shaped and one is dome shaped. The largest measures 11 feet tall, while the other two are less than 8 feet tall. Decorated pottery found in a . . . — Map (db m120384) HM
Louisiana (Tensas Parish), Mayflower — Wesley Chapel Ca 1851
On State Highway 892 0.1 miles north of Mayflower Road (Highway 3252).
United Methodist Church Women gathered here to sew for Confederate Army soldiers during the Civil War.

Second Plaque Methodist Historic Site. — Map (db m120261) HM

Louisiana (Tensas Parish), Newellton — Balmoral Mounds Ancient Mounds Trail
On U.S. 65 at Garden Road (State Highway 888), on the right when traveling north on U.S. 65.
Balmoral has 3 mounds that form an equilateral triangle. The one on this side of the road is 8 feet high and conical. The one farthest south and across the road is an 11 foot high platform mound. The one to the north of it is 9 feet high and . . . — Map (db m51633) HM
Louisiana (Tensas Parish), Newellton — Bridges Across Holt's Bayou and Bayou Du Rosset
On Highway 605 at Highway 608, on the left when traveling south on Highway 605.
To facilitate the concentration of the Union Army at Hard Times, Gen. J.A. McClernand ordered his troops to reconnoiter a road from Somerset along the western shore of Lake St. Joseph. Col. J. Keigwin was placed in charge of this project. . . . — Map (db m137382) HM
Louisiana (Tensas Parish), Newellton — Davis Plantations
On Highway 605 at Highway 608 on Highway 605.
Four miles east of this marker in Warren County, Mississippi is Davis Island on which was located Briarfield Plantation, owned by Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy. Hurricane Plantation, owned by Joseph Davis, older brother of . . . — Map (db m137180) HM
Louisiana (Tensas Parish), Newellton — Franklin Plantation
On State Highway 605 0.5 miles south of State Highway 888, on the right when traveling south.
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 . . . — Map (db m137160) HM
Louisiana (Tensas Parish), Newellton — Ghost Site Mounds Ancient Mounds Trail
On State Highway 4 0.3 miles east of State Route 128, on the right when traveling east.
The Ghost site consists of 3 earthen mounds. The largest is a platform mound measuring 11 feet tall and 118 by 92 feet at the base. The other 2 are about 1 foot tall and are dome shaped. Decorating pottery from the mounds indicate Indians lived at . . . — Map (db m120435) HM
Louisiana (Tensas Parish), Newellton — Henry Watkins Allen
On State Highway 605 0.6 miles south of State Highway 608.
During the second week of May 1863, the Federals abandoned their supply line connecting Milliken's Bend with Hard Times. ON June 4, the Confederates reoccupied Richmond. From Richmond, Gen. Dick Taylor launched an offensive to destroy the Union . . . — Map (db m137040) HM
Louisiana (Tensas Parish), Newellton — Hovey Cuts A Road
On U.S. 65 at State Highway 898, on the right when traveling south on U.S. 65.
The flooded countryside between Pointe Clear and New Carthage forced the Federals to look for another way to reach Somerset. Gen. A.P. Hovey's division was given the task of opening the road known to bound Bayou Vidal on the West. Leaving . . . — Map (db m51632) HM
Louisiana (Tensas Parish), Newellton — Linwood Plantation
On State Highway 608 10 miles west of Highway 605, on the right when traveling west.
Near this site was the Taensa Village, visited by de LaSalle, Tonti, Father Membre in 1682 explorations. In 1699-1700 Father de Montigny made peace between the Taensa and Natchez and established a mission. By 1706 the Taensa were forced to move by . . . — Map (db m119878) HM
Louisiana (Tensas Parish), Newellton — Shackleford Church Mounds Ancient Mounds Trail
On State Road 575 north of Beeks Bayou Road, on the right when traveling north.
Shackleford is a ceremonial site with 4 mounds that date to about AD 800. Three of the mounds are 3 feet tall or less. However, the large platform mount is over 13 feet tall and is the best-preserved part of the site. It was constructed in several . . . — Map (db m136949) HM
Louisiana (Tensas Parish), Newellton — Winter Quarters Plantation
On State Highway 608 3 miles east of State Highway 605, on the right when traveling east.
Winter Quarters Plantation was owned by Haller Nutt during the Civil War. The plantation was used as an overnight stopping point by thousands of Federal troops on their march to Hard Times. The first to arrive was Col. J. Keigwin's force, which . . . — Map (db m119548) HM
Louisiana (Tensas Parish), Saint Joseph — Major Isaac Harrison's Tensas Calvary
On Second Street near Hancock Street.
Marker text lists Commissioned Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers as well as enlisted personnel on both sides. — Map (db m137186) HM WM
Louisiana (Tensas Parish), Saint Joseph — Tensas Parish Veterans
On Second Street near Hancock Street, on the right when traveling south.
In honor of All citizens of Tensas Parish Who have served in the Armed Forces of their Country Whether in war or in Peace.

We must be ready to dare all for our country. For history does not long entrust the care of Freedom to the weak or . . . — Map (db m137185) WM

Louisiana (Tensas Parish), Saint Joseph — Tensas Rifle Co.
On Second Street near Hancock Street.
Marker text lists Commissioned Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers as well as enlisted personnel on both sides. — Map (db m137250) HM WM
Louisiana (Tensas Parish), St. Joseph — Engagement At Choctaw Bayou
On State Highway 605 north of Arceneaux Road, on the left when traveling north.
After completing the bridges across Phelps and Clark Bayous Col. J. Keigwin started for Hard Times on the Mississippi Rover on April 28, 1863. A cavalry patrol was sent to see if it could locate Maj. I.F. Harrison's Louisianians. The Union . . . — Map (db m136955) HM
Louisiana (Tensas Parish), St. Joseph — Flowery Mound Ancient Mounds Trail
On Plank Road (State Road 128) 0.6 miles east of U.S. 65, on the left when traveling east.
Flowery Mound is a rectangular platform mound. The corners are oriented to the cardinal directions. Studies of the soil in the mound suggest it was built in a single episode around AD 1000. It measures 165 by 130 feet at the base and 50 by . . . — Map (db m119546) HM
Louisiana (Tensas Parish), St. Joseph — Mound Plantation Ancient Mounds Trail
On U.S. 65 0.6 miles south of State Highway 128, on the left when traveling south.
Mound Plantation has a rectangular-shaped mound with a flat top. It is 10½ feet tall and 125 by 138 feet at the base. Pottery found near the mound suggests Indians built it around AD 800-1000. Lower Plaque This archaeological . . . — Map (db m119543) HM
Louisiana (Tensas Parish), St. Joseph — St. Joseph
On Plank Road (State Road 128) east of Newton Road (State Road 605), on the right when traveling east.
Tensas Parish seat since parish created in 1843. Rare example, for Deep South, of town planned and constructed around New England style village green. Historic district listed on National Register of Historic Places. — Map (db m119545) HM

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