Chambers, LA

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1. Epps House: Louisiana Historical Markers on

(July 2010) Enlarge Epps House

This is located in Chambers, Louisiana on the campus of the Louisiana State University-Alexandria next to a residence hall for students. The house was moved from its original location and was still being refurbished when the photo was taken in July 2010.

(July 2010) Enlarge Current plans for the refurbishment of the Epps House.


(July 2010) Enlarge We were told the home escaped being torched, like the rest, by Union troops because some of the New York soldiers had read the book Twelve Years A Slave by Solomon Northup who was a slave of the Epp's Family. The house is now located near the site of the Chambers Plantation which was destroyed by Union troops and fought over in May 1864.

(July 2010) Enlarge The Epps house has been relocated to this ground, which saw heated battles between which see-sawed across this land.

Report #41 given by Lt. Col Hervey Craven, 89th Indiana Vol. Infantry dated May 8, 1864 found in OR, Series 1, Vol 34, Part I, Page 351 gives an interesting account as does Brig. General Joseph A. Mower, Commanding 1st and 3rd Divisions of the XVI US Army Corps dated May 4, 1864 at Moore's Plantation found in the OR, Series 1, Vol 34, Part I, page 318.

From the CSA point of view, look to The Houston Daily Telegraph Vol XXX No 55 dated May 27, 1864 which is transcribed below.

Headquarters 1st Cavalry Division,
Army of West La., May 8, 1864

General Order. No.-

The Brig. Gen. commanding takes occasion to call The attention of their comrades to the gallantry displayed by the officers and men of Terrell's and Liken's regiments in the engagement with the enemy on the 2d inst., at the Chambers' plantation, in charging his largely superior force of cavalry and infantry, strongly posted in the negro quarters on the plantation, and behind a fence running east of the trench, against five fold odds they charged with a yell, led on by Col. Terrell driving the enemy in confusion, at sunset from their position: The example of those men should excite the emulation of the army to renewed efforts to drive from the land the enemy who now attempts to waste by fire a country he has been unable to conquer by the sword.

By command of
Brig. Gen. A.P. BAGBY,
J. P. Smith, A.A.G. Commanding Division.

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