The shooting took place at a person's saw mill. Before I went on my Acadia Parish road trip, I looked up the location of the land where the saw mill once stood. After a day of research and cemetery hunting, my father, son and I made our way through the back roads of Louisiana in search of the scene of the crime.
These buildings are younger than the saw mill, but this was the land on which the shooting took place.
The yellow grass is really rice that's almost ready for harvest. It was a indescribable sensation to ponder what once went down in this field, all while listening to the gentle sound of the rice blowing in the wind.
A building thunderstorm really added to the scene. It was like movie special effects, symbolizing the tension between my great-great grandfather and the man who shot him. We stayed for just a bit, trying to race the storm and get back to our hotel after a long day.
But before we left, my dad paused to re-enact the scene. Here he is playing the part of my great-great grandfather, uttering the line, "DON'T SHOOT!"