Written by Dr. Tim Hudson Since the earliest Europeans arrived in what is now Union Parish, young male residents have answered the call to defend their homes, state, and country. The War Between the States remains the conflict during which the largest number of Union Parish soldiers perished, both in battle and from disease. This … Continue reading Killed in Action
Written by Tim Hudson These biographies describe the lives of men and women of African ancestry who managed to make the incredible transition from the status of slave to successful farmer in Union Parish, Louisiana following the abolition of slavery and prior to the implementation of the Jim Crows laws of the 1890s. Samuel … Continue reading From Slave to Freeman to Successful Farmer
From Tim Hudson The Gazette January 5, 1898 She is gone, but not forever, We shall meet here bye and bye, In that bright and heavenly land, Where the angels dwell forever. 'Twas sad, the parting, But she is ever at her rest, Free from all trials and worries Of this sinful world. A truer, kinder … Continue reading In Memory of Miss Emma Albritton
Researched and Written by T. D. Hudson 11 April 1923 issue of the Farmerville "Gazette" Killing in Ward Ten Last Friday about ten o'clock in the forenoon, one Base Bales shot and killed J. D. Aulds at the latter's store at Point in Ward 10 of this Parish. The information we have says that Bales … Continue reading The Murder of James David Auld, Jr.
Researched and Written by T. D. Hudson French & Spanish Control of Louisiana (1540 – 1803) After Hernando De Soto's exploration of the Mississippi Valley during the 1540s, we have little evidence of any European activity in the Ouachita River valley until the latter 1600s. European interest in the region then came in three distinct … Continue reading A Brief History of the European Settlement of Union Parish Louisiana 1540 – 1850
Dr. Tim Hudson Enoch Albritton was born in 1771, Pitt County, North Carolina. Family tradition has that Enoch was the son of James Albritton, Jr. and Mary Arnett. This is supported by the process of elimination (James Jr.'s nephews are all known), but no proof has yet been found that gives the children of James … Continue reading Enoch Albritton and Penelope Frizzle
Written by Dr. Tim Hudson One hundred fifty years ago this winter, Union and Confederate forces began the struggle for control of Vicksburg, known as the Gibraltar of the Confederacy. Located on the bluffs high above the Mississippi River, Vicksburg's natural defenses afforded the Southern troops command of the river, blocking Union navigation on the … Continue reading The Battle of Chickasaw Bayou