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 over and over again.

Once pass the modern day dinosaur we come upon a supply yard of oil machinery and 2 twelve foot high and 15 foot diameter oil reservoirs. My brother-in-law pointed out electrical cables that now paralleled the road.

We continued our downward descent. Ultimately we reach the bottom of the decline and continued on level ground.  I knew just any moment a guy would jump out on the road with a shotgun and ask what we doing trespassing on oil company property.

On both sides of the road the adjacent land was now swampy and the road was getting muddy.  We went around a bend and the road ahead was under water. It was time to call it a day as far as discovering the old site of Champaignolle.

I turned the car around to beat a hasty retreat before we were arrested for trespassing.


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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