THE DIBLE GRAVE
by Jeannie Chandler & Debbie Dunnigan ("the sassafras", Vol. 3, No. 1, 1984-85 published by The Calvin Folklore Society)
The Dible grave is a local landmark known to every hunter in north Natchitoches Parish. For as long as most people can remember, there has been a crooked stone marker inscribed with "P. Dible, Co. F, La. Inf. 28, C.S.A.: and surrounded by a small, wrought-iron bedframe with elaborate curliques and lions-face medallions. There are no dates on the tombstone because Pete Dible never knew exactly how old he was and nobody now living remembers exactly when he died. When Pete Dible was ten or eleven years old, he ran away from his home near New Orleans. He never saw nor heard from any of his family again. Peter never learned to read or write and grew up on his own. He was a grown man when the War Between the States broke out and he joined the Louisiana Infantry. He became close friends with Marshal Walker of Ashland, Louisiana, and spent his furloughs with Walker's family - including Walker's sister's family of Goldonna, Louisiana - the Gunters. Once when he was on leave, Pete was bitten on the right hand by a rattlesnake and consequently lost all but one of the fingers on that hand. Since he was so deformed, he never married, feeling that he could not properly support a wife. When the war was over, Pete Dible come to Goldonna and lived with the Gunter family and various other families who would take him in. Mr. Terral Gunter was a child of that family and recalls sitting and listening to fascinating tales that Pete told about his adventures. Friends and neighbors went together and built and furnished a "batching" house for Pete. His only personal belongings were a trunk of clothes and a wrought iron bed. He didn't live by himself too long because he seemed to miss being with a family and moved back in with the Gunters. In 1910 Pete Dible died - an old man of about seventy years. The Gunters buried their friend in the Parlee graveyard. All other graves have disappeared and the grave marked as belonging to P. Dible stands alone. And so Pete Dible has slept undisturbed for seventy years under the pines framed by his bedstead - the only piece of furniture he ever owned.
Booth's Index to Louisiana Confederate Soldiers states:
"Dible, P., Pvt. 28th La. Infty. Co. F. Federal Rolls of Prisoners of War, Captured Bayou Teche, La., April 14th, 1863. Paroled Port Hudson, La., May 11th, 1863."
28 LA Inf
Created by: Backwoodsman
Record added: Apr 09, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 68118224