4 thoughts on “Remembering Reconstruction: An Example from Colfax, Louisiana

  1. Noma June 2, 2015 / 2:09 pm

    “I strolled slowly through the cemetery, perusing names and epitaphs, pausing for a moment to inspect a new grave that had been dug that very morning. Glancing up, I spotted—across all the neat rows of neat headstones, and standing near a stately old tree—a marble obelisk, a dozen feet high, towering over every other marker. I made my way over to it, picked some lichen off the weathered inscription, and squinted in the afternoon sun to read it.

    >> IN LOVING REMEMBRANCE
    ERECTED TO THE MEMORY OF
    THE HEROES
    STEPHEN DECATUR PARISH
    JAMES WEST HADNOT
    SIDNEY HARRIS

    WHO FELL IN THE COLFAX
    RIOT FIGHTING FOR
    WHITE SUPREMACY

    APRIL 13, 1873

    It is the frankest monument I have ever seen.”

    What can I say…?

    • Brooks D. Simpson June 2, 2015 / 2:19 pm

      We will be told by Confederate heritage advocates that the people who erects the sign did not mean what they said.

      That reminds me: what do we call Resistance to Reconstruction/Redemption heritage advocates? At least they don’t have a flag.🙂

  2. Joshism June 2, 2015 / 5:28 pm

    I remember finding a photo of that historical marker on the internet while reviewing for my Reconstruction exam. Although that graveyard obelisk tops it.

  3. OhioGuy June 3, 2015 / 8:19 am

    I suspect the SCV has a plan to cover over that inscription with a new bronze plaque honoring Louisiana black Confederates. Ignoring, of course, the fact that they changed to the Union side as soon as the situation on the ground allowed.

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