Monthly Archives: March 2013

TRAVELING BACK IN TIME-Part 8

We decided to head toward El Dorado, which was about 15 miles southwest of Champaignolle.  Back in the car we turned up the heat and began to thaw out.  After getting back on the main road and proceeding about 1 … Continue reading

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TRAVELING BACK IN TIME- Part 7

In the 1850’s the river traffic was booming and Champaignolle had grown to a town of 100 inhabitants. There were even two other small hamlets that were started in the local area. Many young men left Champaignolle in May of … Continue reading

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TRAVELING BACK IN TIME -Part 6

I had brought my camcorder and Donnie made a video of me talking about Champaignolle and what a thriving community it used to be due to its site on the Ouachita River. Champaignolle was at one time called Scarborough Landing … Continue reading

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TRAVELING BACK IN TIME -Part 5

Well, we made it back to the inhabited house without getting accosted by an oil worker.  Also we never saw any animals for that matter, which was unusual for a wooded area as dense as existed in this area.  We … Continue reading

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TRAVELING BACK IN TIME -Part 4

The roadway began a descent and we passed an old abandoned oil well and then passed an operating one with the huge rotating arms supposedly pumping up the oil. It looked like an aged dinosaur rearing up and lunging forward … Continue reading

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TRAVELING BACK IN TIME -Part 3

Well we traveled for about another 4 miles and not seeing another road to the left that looked anything like what was on our map, we turned around and went back. We entered the gravel road and went by the … Continue reading

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TRAVELING BACK IN TIME- Part 2

Prior to our adventure I had gone on the internet and printed portions of maps showing where the town of Champaignolle and the cemetery where Littleton and Nancy Duke’s graves were supposed to be. About 9:00 AM we arrived at … Continue reading

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TRAVELING BACK IN TIME- Part 1

On Saturday February 16th my brother-in-law, Donnie, and I traveled by car to LA, Lower Arkansas to find the home town and cemetery with the graves of the person I portray in Civil War Reenacting and his wife. His name … Continue reading

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Champagnolle Guards

Champagnolle Guards We’re the Champagnolle Guards from lower Rankansack. We’re a part of the Texas Brigade and always on the attack. We fought at Antietam, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg and Chickamauga. The Wilderness, Spotsylvania, and Petersburg are also witness to our saga. … Continue reading

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THE LUMINARIES

THE LUMINARIES Luminaries light the dark for each one captured, wounded or killed. The significance of it all even the warmest heart would chill. As I view the Sacred Ground and think about it all The carnage and the blood … Continue reading

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