Arkansas cemetery

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 the turn off for Champaignolle from State Highway 167 on which we had been traveling for the last portion of the trip.  We headed east through the small hamlet of Calion and proceeded around the northern part of Lake Calion on roads that suddenly began to get narrower and narrower.

I was driving and looking at the maps I brought at the same time. We seemed to be on the right road. We drove about 5 miles through the countryside, which showed no signs of habitation.  All we saw was the curvy road ahead and forested expanses on either side of the road with occasional bare hillsides where the lumber companies had clear cut a patch of woods.

We finally came around a curve and there was a sign for the Champaignolle Cemetery and a turn off for a gravel road to the left that led to the cemetery.  The map showed a better road and I decided to travel on down the road.

Man was I in for a surprise.

About Civil War Reflections

Vernon has been a Civil War buff since childhood, but had been inactive in Civil War history for over two decades. However, in the early 1990s his interest was rekindled after watching Ken Burns’ “Civil War Documentary” on PBS. He particularly became interested in the Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg) and decided to learn more about this epic struggle.
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