History Entries

African Americans in the Civil War

Historians have only recently begun to explore the role Louisiana blacks played in the Civil War, despite the fact that African American military service helped shape key legacies of the war. Read »

Aime, Valcour

Valcour Aime was renowned for his immense wealth, sugar refining experimentation, as well as his palatial plantation home and English garden. Read »

Alice Plantation

In 1961, the upper floor of this house was floated by barge along Bayou Teche from its original location in St. Mary Parish, which was being developed as a subdivision. Read »

Allen, Henry Watkins

Inaugurated as governor of Confederate Louisiana on January 25, 1864, Henry Allen presided over the parts of the state controlled by the Confederates until June 2, 1865. Read »

Allen, Oscar K.

Democrat Oscar “O.K.” Allen served as governor of Louisiana from 1932 to 1936, Huey P. Long’s hand-picked successor after Long resigned to serve in the US Senate. Read »

Antebellum Louisiana

The Antebellum period in Louisiana begins with statehood in 1812 and ends with Louisiana joining the Confederacy in 1860. Read »


Huey P. Long was one of the most colorful and controversial politicians in Louisiana history. Admiration of his leadership was strong, but so was contepmt; the contempt ultimately resulted in his death at the hand of a disgruntled citizen. Read »

Ardoyne Plantation

Ardoyne is the most elaborate and romantic-looking Gothic Revival residence surviving in Louisiana. Read »

Arlington, Josie

Josie Arlington was a madam who ran one of the most opulent brothels in Storyville, New Orleans' red light district. Read »

Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church Cemetery

This Catholic cemetery in Donaldsonville was laid out in a grid plan shortly after the church parish was founded in 1772. Read »

Aubry, Charles Philippe

Charles Aubry was the last French governor of Louisiana before it reverted to Spanish control. Read »

Baker, Joshua

Democrat Joshua Baker served as military governor of Louisiana from January to July 1868. Read »

Ball, Marcia

Marcia Ball, a blues and swamp-rock pianist and singer, grew-up in the small town of Vinton. Read »

Bastrop, Felipe Enrique Neri, Baron de

Felipe Enrique Neri, although deceptive about his own lineage, nevertheless played an important role in the settlement of the Ouachita Valley in northeast Louisiana. Read »

Baton Rouge Bus Boycott

The 1953 Baton Rouge Bus Boycott was an organized, eight-day long protest of the segregated seating system on city buses. Read »

Battle of Baton Rouge

Entry covers the first capture, battle, and recapture of Baton Rouge during the Civil War. Read »

Battle of Liberty Place

The 1874 Battle of Liberty Place effectively brought an end of federal Reconstruction policies in Louisiana. Read »

Battle of New Orleans

The Battle of New Orleans, fought on January 8, 1815, was the culmination of a monthlong series of skirmishes between US and British forces in southern Louisiana; it was the final major engagement of the War of 1812. Read »

Beauregard, P.G.T.

P.G.T. Beauregard, born in St. Bernard Parish in 1818, was the first prominent general of the Confederate Army during the Civil War. Read »

Beauvais, Arnaud Julie

Planter Arnaud Beauvais became acting governor of Louisiana from October 6, 1829, to January 14, 1830 Read »