Solving a Mystery: The Confederate Dead of Monroe City Cemetery

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

The story of Edwin Francis Jemison: Louisiana’s Most Famous Boy Soldier

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

Major Thomas R. Hotchkiss

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

Finding Lost Civil War Soldiers Graves

            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