Camp Paradise

Camp Paradise (HM1KOW)

Location: , VA
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 18.511', W 78° 18.874'

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High Bridge Trail State Park

Veteran, war-worn, French speaking "chic creoles" of the Donaldsonville Artillery detachment of 43 Louisiana Creole Canonniers received orders to guard High Bridge by the Lynchburg Confederate Military District Commander Francis T. Nicholls, a native of Donaldsonville. By June 1864, a bivouac of log cabins were built across the railroad tracks from the Overton house by the Canonniers under the direction of Lieutenant Camille Mollere.
The post, commanded by Major Victor Maurin, was tasked in manning the four casemated earthworks fortifications and their 21 artillery pieces which covered approaches to High Bridge. Having been "feasted" and "pampered" by local families of Prince Edward and Cumberland counties, the post became known as "Camp Paradise" by these Gunners of Donaldsonville.
The Donaldsonville Artillery detachment took part in the Battle of High Bridge on April 6, 1865, after which they joined the Army of Northern Virginia's retreat and surrendered with General Robert E. Lee at Appomattox.
Fortifications at High Bridge, Va.
Main Fort, Traverse, Railroad Fort
Garrisoned by 3rd Virginia Reserves - Col. Richard A. Booker
Major Victor Maurin - Artillery (21 pieces)
Placed ByHigh Bridge Trail State Park
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Date Added Saturday, May 23rd, 2015 at 10:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 737993 N 4132479
Decimal Degrees37.30851667, -78.31456667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 18.511', W 78° 18.874'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 18' 30.66" N, 78° 18' 52.44" W
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