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

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

Lt. Col. Sidney H. Griffin, 31st LA Infantry

Written by Jon R. McKinnie Spearsville plantation owner Sidney H. Griffin raised a company of men from the northwestern portion of the parish for the Confederate service in early 1862; the men styled themselves the "Sparrow Cadets". The unit elected Griffin captain, and they entered the service of the Confederate States in Monroe, designated as Company … Continue reading Lt. Col. Sidney H. Griffin, 31st LA Infantry

Ettienne A Reppond – 31st La Infantry

Written by Jon R. McKinnie Ettienne Andrew Reppond was born in Dean Community, Union Parish, La on July 13, 1830 to Louis & Henrietta McCormick Reppond. Etienne’s grandfather, Estevon Reppond, was born 1765 in Marseille, France, came to Louisiana before 1783, and traveled up the Ouachita River with Jean Baptiste Filhiol in 1783 and assisted Filhiol … Continue reading Ettienne A Reppond – 31st La Infantry