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Some places in East Texas

Discussion in 'The Civil War Traveler's Companion' started by bdtex, Jan 29, 2017.

  1. bdtex

    bdtex Brigadier General Moderator

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    That's what I'm gonna call this thread. Not exactly sure which forum is most appropriate for it.

    A coupla weeks back,I visited Port Hudson. Up until the day before I left,I still wasn't sure where I was going. I was watching the weather and had an alternate plan for an East Texas CW sightseeing roadtrip. The weather turned out not to be a factor so Port Hudson was first. I needed to get on a battlefield. It was the right call that weekend. Left this past Thursday about 3:30 pm for an East Texas roadtrip,specifically in Harrison,Smith and Cherokee Counties. It was a great trip. Got home about 8:30 last night. The weather was great. It was already dark when I got to Marshall,Texas on Thursday. Checked into my room and ate. The adventure started early the next morning. In 2 days I hit 6 cemeteries,3 museums,Camp Ford,the grounds of 2 county courthouses and some roadside historical markers/sites. It's probably gonna take a few days to post about it all. :D Took about 275 pics. I've already scrolled through them and kept the best ones.
     

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    Marshall was also the site of a Confederate Arsenal where some of the most sought after Confederate copies of Union artillery shells were made.
     
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    The Harrison County Historical Museum in Marshall opens at 10AM. I was rolling at sunup to hit some other places early. The first stop was the Powder Mill Cemetery. It sits on part of what was the site of the Marshall Powder Mill. Before going,I researched the Confederate soldier "William Massey" named on the historical marker. Couldn't find anything and didn't find any gravestone for him at the cemetery. Very old cemetery and not particularly well kept even though there are some fairly recent burials there. Lotta broken stones and unmarked graves.

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    bdtex Brigadier General Moderator

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    One of my collateral ancestors from Texas was detailed to the Ordnance Depot there in Marshall for part of his service during the war.
     
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    bdtex Brigadier General Moderator

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    A short distance from the cemetery is the historical marker for the Powder Mill site.

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    Next stop was Greenwood Cemetery. 2 Confederate Generals,a Lt. Colonel and other Confederate veterans are buried there.

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    The pink granite marker placed by the state on Gen. Ector's grave was covered with some kinda green fungus. It was on a lotta stones that I saw at all the cemeteries I went to those 2 days. Not sure what is the best way to clean it off. I did the best I could with water and an old towel.

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    I applaud not only your trip, but more importantly that fact that you tried to clean off some headstones. i always go out of my way to pick up litter when walking around just to leave the place a little nicer than when I found it. So kudos
     
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    Gen. Alexander Travis Hawthorn. Good old Texas pink granite monument.

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    bdtex Brigadier General Moderator

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    I do that too.
     
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    Lt. Col. Jeremiah Morrill Clough. 7th Texas Infantry. Killed at Fort Donelson.

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    bdtex Brigadier General Moderator

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    Another Confederate veteran buried at Greenwood Cemetery:

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    bdtex Brigadier General Moderator

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    Ooops. One more.

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    Next stop was the Marshall Cemetery. It's quite something.

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    Lotta Civil War history in Marshall.

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    Brig. Gen. Walter Paye Lane:

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    Col. Horace Randal. Fold3 records show him to be a Colonel. His gravestones say both Gen. Horace Randal and Brig. Gen. Horace Randal. At the Texas State Historical Association website,it says this:

    "He was appointed brigadier general by Gen. E. Kirby Smith on April 8, 1864, but his promotion was never confirmed by the Confederate government."

    https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fra28

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    Been to Camp Ford twice and I am still trying to figure out what prompted a Confederate guard to shoot and kill my ancestor for no reason.
     
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    Governor Edward Clark and Col. Edward Clark,14th TX Infantry:

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    Not sure what this man did during the war:

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