Washington, Louisiana

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1. Washington, Louisiana - Wikipedia

2. Louisiana Civil War | LouisianaTravel.com

3. Town of Washington Louisiana
4. Steamboat Restaurant

5. Nicholson House, Corso Street, Washington, St. Landry Parish, LA
6. Nicholson's Home - Washington, Louisiana ~ The Place Of Scary ...
7. Nicholson House, Corso Street, Washington, St. Landry Parish, LA
 

(July 22, 2012) Enlarge Washington, Saint Landry Parish, Louisiana Veterans Monument
 
This photo was taken July 22, 2012 during a brief interruption in otherwise heavy rains. The lion motif is reminiscent of similar CSA monuments throughout the South, although it is listed as a memorial to all veterans
 
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(July 22, 2012) Enlarge Steamboat Warehouse Washington, Louisiana
 
This building was constructed in the days prior to the war. Washington was one of the most important steamboat ports until the arrival of the railroad. The building currently serves as a restaurant. The photo taken on July 22, 2012 was the best possible due to almost incessant rains

        
 

(July 22, 2012) Enlarge Nicholson House, Washington Louisiana
 
This structure is one of the antebellum homes in Washington, Louisiana. The Nicholson house is private property and is not open to the public. Inclement weather rendered good pictures of the structure difficult to take. We were told the building served as a hospital during the war

 

(July 22, 2012) Enlarge Bayou Cortableau in Washington, Louisiana
 
This bayou was an important conduit for supplies in the days of riverboat travel making Washington a extremely strategic city

     
   

(July 22, 2012) Enlarge Relics at Washington, LA Museum
 
These relics in the museum represent the trails of the war. Washington was occupied by both the Union and Confederate armies. Confederate troops massed here after the Spring 1864 Red River Campaign. With Union troops in Morganza and Confederates in Washington, the area in between, particularly equidistant Morgan's Ferry, became a hotbed of activity
 
Private Jeff Morgan, Co "E" Likens' 35th Texas Cavalry, wrote from Washington on May 26, 1864 "the water in these bayous going bad this in this season there has been and continues to be a great drought in this country. So much so the roads are awful dusty. We get plenty of rough cornbread and poor beef to eat but little forage. Consequently, our horses look badly
 
Still in Washington on May 29, 1864 Pvt Jeff Morgan wrote "we are resting a few days (in Washington, La) after about six weeks marching and fighting"
 
Private David Cook Co "K" Likens' 35th Texas Cavalry wrote from Hodge's Plantation on Sept 22, 1864 "On the 11th of this month we fought the Yankees all day. We had four killed and seven wounded. We don't know what the Yankees loss is. I am driving the ambulance"

   

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