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On May 21, 1863, a two-story building near this site housing Young's store and the Plains Masonic Lodge was the center of a battle between Colonel William R. Miles' Legion comprised of Confederate troops from Louisiana and units of General C.C. Au…
Civil War Dead
An estimated 700,000 Union and Confederate soldiers died in the Civil War between April 1861 and April 1865. As the death toll rose, the U.S. Government struggled with the urgent but unplanned need to bury fallen Union troops. Th…
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In 1775, Bartram made a special trip by horseback to "White plains" noting "grassy fields of many miles extent."
Seven miles west is site of anchor fort controlling Mississippi. Here 6500 Confederates held 30,000 Union troops May 21 until July 8, 1863. Fall of Port Hudson opened river, hastening fall of Confederacy.