A couple of weeks ago, I posted a list of abstracts of old Coroner's Reports from 1862 to 1929. I thought I would post one to show you what an old one looks like. There were only two pages to be found of the report of James L. Graves' death. If you have been reading … Continue reading An Example of an old Coroner’s Report
The Confederate Monument in Old City Cemetery Since I first became interested in Ouachita parish history, I have heard the local story that the Confederate monument in Monroe’s Old City cemetery sits on top of the burials of Confederate soldiers. Most of them would have come from the Confederate Hospital that was set up … Continue reading Solving a Mystery: The Confederate Dead of Monroe City Cemetery
By Unknown - This image is available from the United States Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs division under the digital ID cwp.4a40928.This tag does not indicate the copyright status of the attached work. A normal copyright tag is still required. See Commons:Licensing for more information., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19521228 His face is haunting. He stares … Continue reading The story of Edwin Francis Jemison: Louisiana’s Most Famous Boy Soldier
A few years ago, as I was guiding a group through the Old City Cemetery in Monroe, someone asked me about two low vault tombs we were passing. I told the person no, but I had always meant to do research. The tombs contain the graves of a man, James L. Graves and his … Continue reading Sometimes the Dead Want to be Found!
The following article appeared in the Ouachita Telegraph, Saturday, November 4, 1871, Page 2, Column 4. I believe Major Thomas R. Hotchkiss' remains were moved in the late 1890's, along with 125 other soldiers to what became the mound the Confederate Monument stands on in the City Cemetery. A HERO GONE TO REST. DIED … Continue reading Major Thomas R. Hotchkiss
This photo was taken on January 19, 1907, in front of the Masonic Hall on Walnut Street. It was the 100th anniversary of Robert E. lee's birthday. The men, from left to right, are identified: 10. Hon. A.J. Herring (mayor of Monroe at one time). 11. Dr. C.B. Johnson, who was the son of veteran … Continue reading 1907 Confederate Reunion in Monroe
I seem to have a knack for finding lost graves. I can usually go to a cemetery in search of a particular name, say “Ok. Help me find you.” And within minutes, I’m standing at their headstone. That little knack helped me find the unmarked grave of three Confederate soldiers buried in Monroe’s Old … Continue reading Finding Lost Civil War Soldiers Graves