Travel to Gettysburg National Military Park for the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, PA , July 1-3, 1963
One of my favorite monuments to visit at Gettysburg is the State of North Carolina Monument located on West Confederate Avenue.
The monument depicts North Carolina Confederate soldiers charging towards the Union army across the battlefield on July 3, 1963. The statue was designed by famous artist Gutzon Borglum who also sculpted Mt. Rushmore. Borglum used photographs of confederate soldiers as models for the sculpture. Near this monument is stone monument erected by the North Carolina Division United Daughters of the Confederacy which reads:
To the eternal glory of the North Carolina soldiers. Who on this battlefield displayed heroism unsurpassed sacrificing all in support of their cause. Their valorous deeds will be enshrined in the hearts of men long after these transient memorials have crumbled into dust.
Thirty-two North Carolina regiments were in action at Gettysburg July 1, 2, 3, 1863. One confederate soldier for every four who fell here was a North Carolinian.
Allan Kardec (1804- 1869) authored “The Spirits’ Book” based on a wealth of research he collected. Kardec was a well respected leader in Spiritualism. In “The Spirits’ Book” he writes about the hierarchy of spirits. He writes that “Spirits are attracted by their sympathy with the moral quality of the parties by whom they are evoked. Spirits of superior elevation take pleasure in meetings of a serious character, animated by the love and goodness and the sincere desire of instruction and improvement. Their presence repels the spirits of inferior degree who find, on the contrary, free access and freedom of action among those persons of frivolous disposition, or brought together by mere curiosity, and wherever evil instincts are to be met with.
Greenwood Plantation is located in St. Francisville, West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana. I have visited Greenwood Plantation three times, and the last time was for my wedding. I have visited many southern plantations and Greenwood is my favorite. Why? It’s not touristy and has a very authentic feeling to it enabling you to imagine the plantation during times from long ago.
The beautiful and gracious Greenwood Plantation was built by William Ruffin Barrow in 1830. The majestic white Greek Revival Style plantation home is embraced with twenty-eight magnificent columns built by slaves. Greenwood was a working cotton and sugarcane plantation farmed with slave labor. William Ruffin Barrow was a pro-secessionist and came from a wealthy family of plantation owners in Louisiana. While living at Greenwood Plantation, the Barrows had ten children, five of which died of different diseases. William Ruffin Barrow died in 1862 and was buried at Highland Plantation –a family plantation in Baton Rouge. The plantation served as a hospital during the Civil War.
After the Civil War the plantation was housed by multiple families until 1915. Walker Percy bought Greenwood and lived there with his wife and children for 45 years. Then hard times fell again on Greenwood Plantation during the Great Depression. The Percy’s were forced to sell Greenwood and the home sadly stood empty. Tragically, in 1960 Greenwood was struck by lightning and the entire house burned to the ground except for the noble 28 brick columns.
In 1968 William Barnes and his son Richard bought Greenwood and researched photographs of the plantation to restore the plantation to its original grandeur design of 1830. It took the Barnes 16 years to complete the restoration. Greenwood Plantation found success in the movie industry becoming a popular site for filming such movies as “Louisiana,” “North and South,” “Drango,” and “Sister Sister.”
Greenwood Plantation is now a wonderful and romantic bed and breakfast and a popular site for weddings. The plantation is open for tours and is definitely worth a visit.