When Louisiana seceded from the union on January 27, 1861, Livingston Parish was one of the twenty nine parishes to support secession. The final three years of the Civil War, Livingston was the dividing line between the Confederates and Federals. The Federals were trying to take control of the Mississippi River and would conduct raids into the parish. The Confederates were positioned in the parish to stop any further Federal advances. Even though there were no major battles fought in Livingston, several skirmishers were fought within her borders. One incident occurred on Sunday, March 12, 1865. Under the protection of the Union soldiers and gunboats, two men named Goubernoter and Wells were selling contraband goods off of vessels situated near the mouth of the Tickfaw River. Confederate authorities decided to stop this illegal trading by sending a force from Mobile, AL, under the command of a Lt. McDermott and his twenty to twenty-five soldiers. Arriving in Springfield just after dark with small boats they hauled themselves, they continued about two miles west of Springfield to Judge Marcus T. Carter's home. Judge Carter welcomed and fed the men as well as forage for the horses. After being fed McDermott and his men launched their boats in Blood River and proceeded to Lake Maurepas. Arriving at Rome Ferry they detained the ferryman to prevent word of their advancement. On Lake Maurepas the command was divided into two parties. Lt. McDermott soon located the vessel he sought. With muffled oars the men gained the vessel and boarded. When the crew was commanded to surrender they fired upon the Confederates killing Lt. McDermott and Mr. Louie Bernard. When hearing the gun fire the second command return to help.Upon arriving and assessing the situation and learning there was a Federal gunboat close the Confederates proceeded with speed to Tickfaw River and then up Blood River. The supplies on the schooners were sold to the citizens and the schooner belonging to the loyal Confederate was returned, while Goubernoter and Wells, James Stockton schooner was burned.
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