We saw many downed trees as we drove that day.
There are 23 sites to be seen and stamps to get in the passport we did, but there are also 39 others sites near those 23 that we did many of. One that is near Lake Village is the fighting that took place near the Ditch Bayou- who thinks of these names???
In this battle the Union soldiers had had enough of the Confederate troops sniping their ships as they came around the bends in the river at Lake Village. The Confederate troops would fire at ships from one bend in the river then as the ship went further down the river they were waiting there too. The Union sent in several thousand troops to stop this problem. The Confederate forces set up just past a bayou that was hidden in the tall grass. Many of the Union troops ended up in the bayou. They lost many that day.
Our first stop of the day was the Japanese American Relocation camp site. Very well done. You truly get a picture of how it was set up.
|cemetery for those who died here|
|Besides the cemetery the only other thing left from the camp is a tower. It is located between the break in the trees in the picture above. It was on the other side of the camp.|
|a faux guard tower-very well done.|
We came to Arkansas Post many times with all the children. Andrew has very fond memories of what all he learned here. They have a very informative movie and lots of open spaces.
|I love Hudson Bay Blankets. I have one that was my daddy's and Carl bought me one a few years ago. It was fun to some here.|
Andrew took about 5 shots of us at every stop. We got into saluting. I love the smiles on our faces. Notice the jackets, the wind was whipping off the water.
This next stop was where the deadliest single shot of the entire Civil War took place. We are in St. Charles, AR. The museum was well done. I loved the above diorama so we could see how the river played a part in the town and the war. We had a very informative lady stamp our passports. She even told us where a Confederate cannon was that had be brought up out of the river.
The monument above in at the spot where the deadliest shot was fired. A confederate cannon fired a shot that hit the boiler of a Union tin clad that was sailing down the river. It blew up and killed the 149 men on board. The placement of the monument was funny to me because it is in the middle of the road! Below is the Confederate canon.
Here is a spot that Andrew found to eat. It is on highway 49 in Barton. It was yummy!!! Highly recommend.
Andrew is getting our passports stamps by the cutest stamper ever. She told us all about the museum.
After the museum, we drove all around the city looking at other sites. We then went to the Confederate cemetery. It was beautiful. Several of the generals pictured above are buried here.
Whew! Andrew and I had a busy Friday and we are just two stamps away from a full passport! We spent the night at home and slept well! Last day tomorrow!