CS Navy Yard Marker Goes Missing in Shreveport
Via my colleague Craig Swain, a Louisiana historical marker at the site of a Confederate Navy shipyard has gone missing:
The state-purchased aluminum marker just north of Cross Bayou at North Market Street roughly denotes the location of a Cross Bayou shipyard where the Confederate ironclad Missouri and a fast vessel known as a ram, the CSS Webb, were built. The marker was erected on a traffic island near Dupont Fish Market. “The rebar where it was mounted is just twisted like crazy,” said local historian and author Gary Joiner, who surveyed the spot with David Hill, commander of the local Lt. Gen. Richard Taylor Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. “There’s some rounded concrete that’s part of the core where they anchored the post that held the sign. But they is the shrubbery is not screwed up. There’s no tire tracks, nothing. It’s bizarre. How the heck would you pick something like that and carry it off? Maybe Andre the Giant, but not me.” Hill said he first noticed the sign was knocked down and resting on some shrubbery in late May. “In hindsight, I forgot about it,” he said. “When I remembered, I went down there and it was gone, and pole it used to stand on was very mangled.”
It’s not entirely clear whether this was an intentional act of vandalism, or if maybe someone knocked it down and hauled off the evidence before he could get caught. Here’s hoping it turns up or gets replaced soon.
__________Image via Richard Taylor Camp, SCV