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Clinton, Louisiana

Discussion in 'The Civil War Traveler's Companion' started by bdtex, Jan 14, 2017.

  1. Eleanor Rose

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    We love visiting these spots on weekdays too. They are definitely less crowded and that adds to the experience. Sometimes silence is required for true reflection and to get the feel of the place. I think your pictures are great!
     

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  3. bdtex

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    I was definitely the only one at the cemetery in Clinton. After viewing the courthouse,I drove straight to the Port Hudson National Cemetery and I was the only one there for the hour I was there.
     
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  4. alan polk

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    Thanks for posting all this!!!!!

    Years ago, my friend and I decided to metal detect my yard here in central Mississippi. We found a couple Minnie balls, but my friend found a brass scabbard tip (finial) to a sword. Scratched into the brass were the words: "Ripley H. Conrad" "Delta Rifles" "4th La Volunteers."

    My friend researched the guy (eventually wrote a book about him). He lived and served in those areas you have visited. Was either wounded or became sick near Clinton and died in 1862. Apparently, another soldier got his sword after he died and ended up losing the finial in my yard, probably in 1864.
     
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    Wow! What a great story. Thanks for sharing it. You can't make up stuff like that.
     
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  6. alan polk

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    If y'all want me too, I'll call my friend and see if he will send me pictures of the finial. He paid a professional photographer to take close up pictures of it.
     
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    You bet. You know we like pictures. :D
     
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    Ok. I called him and he said he'd send me pictures of it this evening. Also, he reminded me it was not a finial to a sword; it was a finial to something akin to a Bowie knife. When he sends pictures I'll post them.
     
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    I went to Vicksburg in January 2015 and it was great. Since the trees block most of no-mans-land you can't get a good view of the opposing lines. In the summer you just see trees and vines while looking across. In January you got a better line of site from one side to the other.
     
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    I was mainly talking about colors. But yeah,another reason I like winter trips is that the vegetation is as down as it gets and visibility on some battlefields is as good as it gets.
     
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    Great photos. Thanks for posting.
     
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    Not to mention not dying of heatstroke and dehydration. Besides...it's so yucky when you lie down to take a photo and leave a puddle of sweat. People look at you funny. :smile:
     
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    Great thread and photos bdtex!

    The other drawback with winter civil waring is the days are shorter, maybe more so on the east coast but still. An extra few hours can make a big difference. But you go when you can and we all enjoy your trip.
     
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    I thought about lying down at the Sniper's Den in Gettysburg but I was too hot and sweaty and I knew I would end up with sweat mud all over me so I tried to get one of the kids to do it. No luck.
     
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    close  up.jpg
    Above is a very close-up image of the finial owned by Ripley H. Conrad who died near Clinton, LA in 1862. I've tried to re-size the image.
     
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    cover.jpg diagram.jpg
    Above is the book my friend wrote about the Conrad family and a diagram (or artist's rendering) of the Bowie Knife.
     
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    I can read most of that. What a great find.
     
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    I checked on adverts for Princess, and there are three in Huber's book from New Orleans newspapers between 1855 and 1859. I love these old ads because they reveal a lot about the boats, their schedules, and so on:

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    Leonard V. Huber, Advertisements of Lower Mississippi River Steamboats, 1812-1920 (West Barrington, Rhode Island: Steamship Historical Society of America, 1959).
     
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    That is good stuff.
     
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    I visited Clinton again for a short time on 3/24. Across the street from the Courthouse is this building. Not sure how old it is.

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    There are a number of CW-era plantation homes in Clinton. The problem is they are privately owned and most are occupied as residences. They are marked but there isn't any parking to view them. You have to find a place to park somewhere and walk. You can get pics of the signs and houses from the sidewalk. Not sure if any are open to tours by request. This one was for sale.

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