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Sandoz, Joel H. and Spencer, William H. Opelousas courier. [Vol. 11, no. 42 (January 23, 1864)]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05959.15.02 Author/Creator: Sandoz, Joel H. and Spencer, William H. Place Written: Opelousas, Louisiana Type: Newspaper Date: 23 January 1864 Pagination: 2 p. ; 41.9 x 26.5 cm.

Summary of Content: General Bragg Takes Command of the Trans-Mississippi Department in Place of E. Kirby Smith, Federal Gunboat "Queen of the West" Captured on the Red River, Federal Gunboats are now on the Mississippi at the Mouth of the Red River and Ready to Enter, General Orders to Capture Deserters. The front page is in French and the back page is in English. Among small news items, war updates, and ads, is a song dedicated to the 28th Regiment of Louisiana Volunteers by their Captain. Conscription notices are printed, and ads include notices of fugitive slaves. Opelousas was under Federal occupation at the time.

Background Information: Named for a Native American tribe, Opelousas, Louisiana, was settled by French fur traders early in the eighteenth century, the third oldest city in the state. During the Civil War ...Opelousas briefly served as the Louisiana state capital in 1862. While only two battles occurred here, Federal occupation of the city in late 1863 resulted in several bloody riots through the war and Reconstruction.

André Meynier founded the Opelousas Courier in 1827, and it ran through 1910, suspended 30 April - 30 July 1870 and 11 January - 8 February 1873. This weekly newspaper was printed both in French and English on the reverse, often on "necessity" paper or wallpaper, as newsprint was scarce.
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Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarMilitary HistoryConfederate States of AmericaJournalismSlaveryAfrican American HistoryAfrican American TroopsFugitive Slave ActRunaway SlaveNavyConfederate General or LeaderDesertionMusicConscription

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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