Alberta Founded Around Sawmill In The 1890’s

Mary K. HamnerPiney Woods Journal Correspondent Alberta was located a mile south of Castor on the former Louisiana & Arkansas Railroad. E. M. Werkheiser of Arcadia had moved his sawmill from Arcadia to this new location in 1899 and he named the settlement that developed there for his daughter. As time moved on, Bienville Lumber … Continue reading Alberta Founded Around Sawmill In The 1890’s

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End of the Nightriders – Winn Parish Destroys Outlaws

Wesley HarrisPiney Woods Journal Correspondent After the Civil War, some men in Winn Parish banded together to form what was to be a home guard, serving as "regulators" to control the behavior of recently freed slaves and oppose the Republican government of "carpetbaggers" and "scalawags." Before long, some elements of the group turned to banditry … Continue reading End of the Nightriders – Winn Parish Destroys Outlaws

Union Parish Sheriff Bob Buckley Final Patrol and Last Radio Call

https://youtu.be/xJPr1lfWGNo Burt Green (Pimpala03) Published on October 2, 2013 Sheriff Robert G. "Bob" Buckley Sheriff Robert G. "Bob" Buckley Funeral services for Sheriff Robert G. "Bob" Buckley, age 65, of Linville, LA will be held Friday, September 20, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. at First Baptist Church of Farmerville, LA. Bro. Bill Bearden and Bro. Randy Collins will be officiating. Interment will follow at Liberty Cemetery … Continue reading Union Parish Sheriff Bob Buckley Final Patrol and Last Radio Call

Marching Through Louisiana’s War History

Wesley HarrisPiney Woods Journal Correspondent North Louisiana’s Military Museums Exhibit Mementos of Area’s Participation One way to tour the great state of Louisiana is to plan stops around a theme. You can visit a selection of state parks, art galleries, or antebellum homes. A number of planned tour routes are available online, including at louisianatravel.com, a … Continue reading Marching Through Louisiana’s War History

West-Kimbrell Clan Terrorized North Louisiana

Wesley HarrisPiney Woods Journal Correspondent After the Civil War, some men in Winn Parish banded together to form what was to be a home guard, serving as "regulators" to control the behavior of recently freed slaves and oppose the Republican government of "carpetbaggers" and "scalawags." Before long, some elements of the group turned to banditry … Continue reading West-Kimbrell Clan Terrorized North Louisiana

Vigilantes Imposed Law in Post War Louisiana

Wesley HarrisPiney Woods Journal Correspondent March 12, 1872; Vienna, Jackson Parish, Louisiana Although every community in the South suffered deprivations and despair during the Civil War, some were spared the horrors of armies turning their cotton fields and pastures into battlefields. North central Louisiana, between Monroe and Shreveport and from north of Alexandria to the … Continue reading Vigilantes Imposed Law in Post War Louisiana

Violence Marked Post-Civil War Reconstruction

Wesley HarrisPiney Woods Journal Correspondent The 1870s were arguably the most violent and lawless decade in north Louisiana history. The so-called Reconstruction of Louisiana after the Civil War was painful and deadly. Republican officeholders faced harassment and even political assassination. The Nightriders, a gang that terrorized north central Louisiana, killed and robbed with impunity. Cole … Continue reading Violence Marked Post-Civil War Reconstruction

Ulysses Grant – Civil War General, U.S. President

Wesley HarrisPiney Woods Journal Correspondent President Ulysses S. Grant There has been a resurgence of interest in America's eighteenth President, Ulysses S. Grant. Better known for his victories during the Civil War, particularly the acceptance of Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, on April 9, 1865, Grant's Presidency has garnered increased attention. … Continue reading Ulysses Grant – Civil War General, U.S. President

Mistrust of Justice Led to Lynching For Stealing

Wesley HarrisPiney Woods Journal Correspondent The end of the Civil War did not bring peace to Louisiana. Local and state governments, which had been controlled by white Democrats for decades, were held during Reconstruction mostly by the Radical faction of the Republican Party. To bolster local Republican loyalists, new parishes were created to provide them … Continue reading Mistrust of Justice Led to Lynching For Stealing

First, Let’s Kill All The Lawyers

Wesley HarrisPiney Woods Journal Correspondent Louisiana Politics Wasn’t Always DirtySometimes It Was Just Deadly In Shakespeare’s Henry the Sixth, a largely forgotten character utters one of the writer’s most memorable lines: “First, let’s kill all the lawyers.” The oft-misinterpreted line was meant to praise attorneys and judges who impart justice in society. But in the … Continue reading First, Let’s Kill All The Lawyers