Saturday, September 10, 2011

St. Stephen's Episcopal Church (Innis, Louisiana)

One of the things we were looking forward to see on our road trip were things we didn't know about. Almost secret places that we could walk around and discover without a tour guide. 

The St. Stephen's Episcopal Church by Innis Louisiana was one of these things, we saw it when we were driving by the Mississippi and decided to stop to walk around. There were two guys there cutting the grass and one of them let us in the church and told us about it quickly before going back to his job.

The church is the oldest brick edifice in Pointe Coupee Parish. The cemetery has a monument to a Confederate Unknown Soldier. It was erected in 1901. The guy told us that during the American Civil War the soldiers would bring their dead comrades over the Mississippi river and bury them in a mass grave there. 

The cemetery is as well where Dr. Tichenor was buried. Dr. Tichenor is known for his antiseptic formula called Dr. Tichenor's Antiseptic. We didn't see his grave so I couldn't take a picture of it. But all the graves there were well taken care of as the entire church.

On the monument there was a quote from the Bivouac of the Dead, a poem written by Theodore O'Hara. The quote on the monument is:
On Fames eternal camping ground,
their silent tents are spread,
and glory guards, with solemn sound
The bivouac of the dead.

But the in the poem it's:

On Fame’s eternal camping-ground 
Their silent tents are spread
That Glory guards, with solemn round
The bivouac of the dead.
I'm not sure if it is something they did on purpose or if they just had a different version of the poem.

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