The site is located three miles northwest of Marthaville on LA 1221, near Many. It is 10 miles from Robeline and 25 miles west of the historic town of Natchitoches and I-49.
William Hodge Barnhill Home Place is located on the Rebel State Historic Site
Rebel State Historic Site traces its origin back to the days of the American Civil War. According to a local legend, a young Confederate soldier or "Rebel" became separated from his unit during a skirmish at Crump's Corner, near present-day Marthaville. Alone in the woods and confused about where he was, the soldier began searching for other Confederates. It was at a spring where he stopped for a drink of water that the lad was spotted by three Union cavalrymen and killed.
The Barnhill family, local residents who had spoken with the soldier shortly before he was shot, discovered his body and buried him beside the road where he had died.
For nearly 100 years after that incident, each generation of the Barnhill family cared for the grave. After some newspaper articles about the grave appeared in 1961, local interest grew, and in 1962 the people of the area placed a marker on the spot and began to hold annual memorial services in honor of the Unknown Confederate Soldier. Rebel State Historic Site has been established at this soldier's final resting place
Hours of Operation: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Guided tours are offered daily.
Entrance Fees: $4 per person; free for seniors (62 and over) and for children age 12 and under. Groups are asked to call in advance.
GPS Coordinates: 31.746, -73.4279
- Added: 22 Oct 2004
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #1996180
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