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.
Current plans for the refurbishment of the Epps House.
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.
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.