Fort Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site
Located across the Red River from Alexandria in Pineville, Louisiana, Fort Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site is the location of two Confederate forts building towards the end of the American Civil War. Construction began in late 1864 and the forts were completed in March, 1865. They are named after Captain Christopher M. Randolph, the commander of the forts, and Lieutenant Alphonse Buhlow, the engineer in charge of construction. Fort Randolph was built on the south side of Pierson Lake and Fort Buhlow on the north side. There is a museum in the visitor center and visitors can walk along boardwalks to view what remains of the forts, which were abandoned after the war. The Forts were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.
Backstory and Context