ALEXANDER WILSON UPSHAW & ZILLEANN FRANCES BARRON

Written by Dr. Tim Hudson Alexander Wilson Upshaw was born about 1826 in Walton Co., GA, the son of Richard Upshaw and Rebecca Elder. Little is known about his early life as his father left very few records. It appears they lived in Walton County until about 1840, and sometime between 1840 and 1850 Richard Upshaw died. By … Continue reading ALEXANDER WILSON UPSHAW & ZILLEANN FRANCES BARRON

Betrayal and Eviction of the Elderly at Shiloh Louisiana 1876 – 1882

Written by Dr. Tim Hudson After spending the night of Wednesday, 4 May 1881, at his father's home near Shiloh, the next morning Elijah H. Ward arose early and visited his father's bedside. E. H. Ward said "...my father...appeared to be very feeble. He was lying on the bed when I left him...". Elijah H. … Continue reading Betrayal and Eviction of the Elderly at Shiloh Louisiana 1876 – 1882

Killed in Action

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

A Brief History of the European Settlement of Union Parish Louisiana 1540 – 1850

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

The Battle of Chickasaw Bayou: The Opening of the Vicksburg Campaign December 1862

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: The Opening of the Vicksburg Campaign December 1862

Colonel Daniel Stein: Farmerville Entrepreneur Extraordinaire

Written by Dr. Tim Hudson During the latter half of the nineteenth century, Daniel Stein was one of the most prominent citizens of Farmerville and most well-known businessmen of north Louisiana. During the 1860's, Stein worked in Louisiana's  thriving steamboat industry, served in the Confederate Army's Quartermaster Department, and then assumed ownership of Farmerville's two … Continue reading Colonel Daniel Stein: Farmerville Entrepreneur Extraordinaire

Elder Lawrence Scarborough – Earliest European Settler on Bayou Corney

Written by Dr. Tim Hudson Elder Lawrence Scarborough arrived in the Bayou Corney area about 1825, the earliest American to settle there. He chose a spot on the Corney where today's Barnes Bridge Road crosses the bayou, then eastward to Ten Mile Creek. When he arrived on the Corney his only neighbors were a small … Continue reading Elder Lawrence Scarborough – Earliest European Settler on Bayou Corney

Osage Indian Attacks on the Ouachita

Written by Dr. Tim Hudson   A complex sequence of events following de Soto’s brutal foray across the southeastern portion of our continent in the early 1540s resulted in the virtual depopulation of the Ouachita Valley of northeastern Louisiana by 1700. The earliest French explorers found the mere remnants of the once populous Ouachita Indians living … Continue reading Osage Indian Attacks on the Ouachita