Ruston’s Female Invasion

Wesley HarrisPiney Woods Journal Correspondent The recent efforts to integrate women into America’s combat units signify a far different attitude than the enormous resistance they faced during World War II.  Female participation in the U.S. Armed Forces during the global conflict was a major turning point in the military’s relationship with women.  Facing a worldwide, … Continue reading Ruston’s Female Invasion

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From Louisiana To Little Big Horn

Wesley HarrisPiney Woods Journal Correspondent Custer's Men Rode the Hills of North Louisiana The story of George Armstrong Custer and the destruction of his command at the Little Bighorn in Montana is well known. The “Custer Massacre” has been immortalized in movies, books, and music, albeit often with sensational inaccuracy. But only the most ardent … Continue reading From Louisiana To Little Big Horn

Home Gardeners Helped Win Victory in the War

Wesley HarrisPiney Woods Journal Correspondent 1943. The world was at war. The needs of the American military diverted resources once devoted to building cars and feeding families to the war effort. People dutifully supported the fight by purchasing bonds, recycling scrap metal, volunteering, and knitting socks for soldiers. With much of the country's processed food … Continue reading Home Gardeners Helped Win Victory in the War

Man Fights to Bring His Brother’s Killers to Justice

Wesley HarrisPiney Woods Journal Correspondent After the Civil War, Republicans, with control of the federal bureaucracy and the military, took charge of local and state government in Louisiana and most of the South. Once the sole purview of the white Democrats, control of local politics was largely in the hands of those holding newfound power … Continue reading Man Fights to Bring His Brother’s Killers to Justice

Vermont Carpetbagger Barely Survives Resistance

Wesley HarrisPiney Woods Journal Correspondent In the years called Reconstruction after the Civil War, carpetbaggers and scalawags wrested political control of Louisiana long held by Democrats. Northerners who moved to the South to take advantage of the unstable social, financial, and political climate to make their fortunes were mockingly called carpetbaggers since they often arrived … Continue reading Vermont Carpetbagger Barely Survives Resistance

Stagecoach Once Ruled North Louisiana Travel

Wesley HarrisPiney Woods Journal Correspondent Long before railroads and superhighways crisscrossed America, boats and stagecoaches provided the primary means of commercial transportation. The Smithsonian Institution notes that mail contracts made up the bulk of the profits for most stage companies. The company awarded a contract from the postal service was the one most likely to … Continue reading Stagecoach Once Ruled North Louisiana Travel

Lawman John Ferguson Did His Duty, Died For It

Wesley HarrisPiney Woods Journal Correspondent The office of constable is unknown to most Louisianans. While the elective office appears on the ballot of each parish every four years, most citizens have little idea what constables do. Each ward in every parish elects a justice of the peace and a constable. The "JP" is essentially the … Continue reading Lawman John Ferguson Did His Duty, Died For It