Lou Griggs lived in the home just below the fort. The
house, which stands to this day, had been occupied by Union troops early in the day.
From here, the fatal shots that killed General Tyler were fired. She remembered in a signed
paper dating around 1913-1914 that, “She returned to her home at
dark to find everything in ruin
and confusion… silver, jewelry, everything of any value was gone… most of the bedding had
used for the wounded, the sheets being used for bandages.
first thought was for the dead.
She went to the hillside with her
children, Persia and Willie Griggs, and her brother Robert McCants. In the
moonlight, she helped to straighten the dead, fold their hands and wash
morning the roses were in bud, by night every bush was covered with full
blown roses. The heavy cannonading had causes them to open.”
Joe Keith, Jr., "Aftermath: Written for the
130th Anniversary of the Battle of West Point"