Gentlemen, perhaps I can clear up a few items regarding the monument. Beginning around 1997, I began a campaign to relocate the 1930 UDC monument to the PH SHS. I had permission from three successive UDC LA presidents to act on their behalf, negotiated with the landowners thru their attorney and, in Nov. 2002, removed the monument from post-siege Union earthworks where the monument had originally been erected. From the mid-1950s, the public had been prohibited from approaching the monument, 50 yards from the road, and had basically been taken over by nature - weeds, saplings, briars, etc. My brother and I along with a couple of others hacked the way thru to make room for the 180-ton crane. Not because of the monument's weight (11,000 lbs) but because of the horizontal reach of the crane's boom. Anyway, during this time, I also 'battled' with the state to allow the monument to go in at PH. PC had, indeed, run amok in the Bayou State, so the monument was kept in a 'safe place' until such time as a monument-friendly governor could be elected. Seems as if he has. Now, I wonder if Mr. Bauer and/or the LA UDC will allow the monument to be relocated to PH State Historic Site when the new governor issues his executive order to that effect. Time will tell. By the way, I have metal detected extensively on Mr. Borskey's place adjacent to Bauer's property. No tourist will ever go back there.
(formerly of Baton Rouge)