The Red Knights: An Unknown Confederate Unit

While browsing along the other day, I stumbled across this little document found in the Boston Anthenaum. It has no date on it, but it clearly was printed during the Civil War. It was calling on local men in the Monroe area to organize a rifle company to fight the Federal army (I won't use … Continue reading The Red Knights: An Unknown Confederate Unit

Judge William Wood Farmer, Jr.: Lawyer, Legislator, Civil War Captain and Respected Judge of Ouachita Parish

I wrote this article back in April, 2011 for Louisiana Road Trips Magazine.                 William Mills Farmer was born March 29, 1840 in Union Parish, the only son of William Wood and Pamela Ann Mixon Mason Farmer.  He was named for his father and paternal grandfather Mills Farmer, whom Farmerville, LA was named for.  His … Continue reading Judge William Wood Farmer, Jr.: Lawyer, Legislator, Civil War Captain and Respected Judge of Ouachita Parish

A Tantalizing Civil War Map

I was exploring the National Archives online catalog, when I found some Confederate maps they have in their collection. One in particular intrigued me: https://catalog.archives.gov/id/171031936 A big problem is that it has no key. I can guess some of what it is, such as towns, swamps, rivers, roads, land owners, etc... What intrigues me is … Continue reading A Tantalizing Civil War Map

Rare letters from a Former Monroe Mayor to his Brother.

This letter comes from the collection of the Tennessee State Library. https://dp.la/item/7e8ec396f9f15af0fd3f96f41953b620?q=Monroe%2C%20LA&page=6 It is a two page letter from Arthur Hambleton Harris to his brother George Carroll Harris in Nashville. The Civil War had just broken out and he was trying to get his brother in a regiment with his relatives. You really see how … Continue reading Rare letters from a Former Monroe Mayor to his Brother.

1865 Letter from Bernard H. Dinkgrave to James Muse Dabbs

https://louisianadigitallibrary.org/islandora/object/oplib-orv%3A84 This letter was also included in the Dabbs collection. it is a letter written by Bernard Dinkgrave from a hospital in Alexandria. If you want to read a transcript of the letter, just click on "Details". It is quite an amusing read and just a little naughty! "Bennie" would be assassinated a few years … Continue reading 1865 Letter from Bernard H. Dinkgrave to James Muse Dabbs

The History of Benton's Bell Battery

Have you ever wondered how the confederate unit known as Benton's Bell Battery, got it's name? My boss continues to digitize our WPA collection and this was a recent upload. I didn't know we had this! https://www.louisianadigitallibrary.org/islandora/object/oplib-wpa%3A167 As a side note, written on the bottom of the last page is more proof that Stephen Girard … Continue reading The History of Benton's Bell Battery

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