Ouchita River ArkansasWell 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 cemetery.  I was looking for the old town site. It was supposed to be on a bluff overlooking the west bank of the Ouachita River, which I knew was just a hop skip and jump ahead of us.

So we continued on the gravel road hitting some very bumpy sections of the road until we came to an old house that looked like it was occupied, but there wasn’t anyone at home.

Just passed the house was a stone monument that had a square section that at onetime contained a metal plaque

We passed by the house and continued on the road.

The road bed was now full of pits and ruts. After about a quarter of a mile we came to an open metal gate that said the area was owned by an oil company.  I knew we were on private company property, but I wasn’t going to let that stop me. I wanted to see Champaignolle.

We continued on the well-worn road.

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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