In the latter part of March 1863, The Sixth Michigan Volunteers, under the command of Colonel Thomas Scott Clark was sent out from New Orleans with orders to burn the railroad bridge at Ponchatoula. He burned the bridge and in the engagement, captured a rebel officer and four privates and three schooners loaded with cotton. His losses were six wounded.
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We believe that it was during this engagement that a detachment of Federal Troops raided the town of Ponchatoula, broke into Livingston Lodge No. 160 and carried off Jewels and other valuables. On their return to camp, Colonel Clark being a Mason recognized the Jewels and ordered them returned under a flag of truce.
Livingston Lodge still has these Jewels and have them on display in their Lodge Room.
-Excerpts from History of Livingston Lodge No. 160, F.& A.M.