Postal Code: 70639
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The Cemetery Is west of Leesville. Take LA. HWY 8 west 16 miles to LA HWY 111. Turn right and go 7/10 mile to Burr Cemetery Rd, left and go 1.8 mile to cemetery.
Burr's Ferry was a point on the Sabine River where invasion by Federal forces was expected during the Civil War. Extensive breastworks were thrown up, and these may be seen today north of Louisiana Highway 8 a short distance from the bridge. To give an unobstructed view of approaches by water, all timber was removed from the Texas bank, but it is doubtful if gun emplacements were anywhere but on the Louisiana side. A chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy at Leesville, Louisiana, has established a small park around the old fortifications where the grounds, long overgrown with pines, are protected from erosion by the trees.
Burr's Ferry was a shipping point for the surrounding area as far west as Burkeville, Texas, and as far east as Leesville. It had a gin, warehouses, and a watermill, and it was also the home of Captain John M. Liles, master and part owner of the Neches Belle.
Both the ferry and the town were named for Dr. Timothy Burr, a second cousin of Aaron Burr. It is not certain when he brought his family to the site at the mouth of Pearl Creek, but the earliest date in the family cemetery is on a marker at the grave of Henry Burr, who died in 1828 at the age of fourteen,
It was never a bustling city, but the relative importance of the town in the period from 1850 until 1910 was considerable when compared with its status today. It has no school, no post office, no commercial.