Nightriders Claim Another Victim

Wesley HarrisPiney Woods Journal Correspondent The years following the Civil War were especially hard for newly-freed slaves. With no homes, no money, and no prospects, one can imagine the hopelessness that came with freedom. To help, President Abraham Lincoln advocated for a bill to establish an organization to assist freedmen. On March 3, 1865, Congress … Continue reading Nightriders Claim Another Victim

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Villainy In Vienna

Wesley HarrisPiney Woods Journal Correspondent March 12, 1872Vienna, 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 Arkansas … Continue reading Villainy In Vienna

Louisiana ‘Maneuvers’ Bought ‘War’ to Region

Mary K. Hamner Piney Woods Journal Correspondent She was just a little girl and she was scared! The old kerosene lamp didn't make much light and that light flickered and caused eerie shadows across the walls of the room. Why was her Mother putting quilts over the windows? Was it to keep something or someone … Continue reading Louisiana ‘Maneuvers’ Bought ‘War’ to Region

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

The Old Timer Knew – It Rains On 4th of July

Jack M. WillisPiney Woods Journal Correspondent Recently I had the occasion to visit a dealership which sells and services timber-harvesting equipment. In chatting with the receptionist, she related she was from the little hamlet of Gaars Mill in Winn Parish, Louisiana. Instantly, with the mention of that little community, my mind reverted to an incident … Continue reading The Old Timer Knew – It Rains On 4th of July

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