Original Confederate steamboat bill of lading, 8” x 10 ¾”, for the shipment of 25 barrels of molasses shipped by J.T. Strother from Morganza, Louisiana to Grand Gulf, Mississippi, February 16, 1862. Joel Travis Strother (1842-1924) served in Company C, of the 2nd Louisiana Cavalry, CSA. Morganza is located on the Mississippi River in Pointe Coupee Parish. During the Civil War the largest battle in Pointe Coupee Parish was fought at nearby Sterling Plantation, on September 29, 1863. Sixteen Federal troops were killed, 45 were wounded, and 462 were taken prisoner. The Confederate losses included 26 dead, 85 wounded, and 10 missing in a Confederate victory. Union troops subsequently burned the town of Morganza to the ground on October 1, 1863. Cw650 195.
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