Founded in 1838 and located in extreme northeastern Louisiana, Madison Parish has a rich and colorful history. It is the setting of Kate Stone's best-selling Civil War diary, Brokenburn, and played an important role during that era-Generals Grant, Sherman, and McClernan assembled their troops in Madison Parish months before their assault on Vicksburg. Sarah Breedlove, better known as Madam C.J. Walker, was born in Madison Parish and ultimately rose from a lowly washerwoman to the first black female millionaire in the United States. Images of America: Madison Parish, containing over 200 black-and-white images, highlights the history of this fascinating community through photographs, drawings, and maps. Included are Civil War scenes, the 1907 bear hunt by President Theodore Roosevelt, and numerous professional photographs of the disastrous 1927 flood that paralyzed the parish and surrounding areas for several months.
Author Bio: Author Richard P. Sevier spent his entire early life in Tallulah, the parish seat of Madison Parish. Currently a semi-retired geological and financial consultant in Jackson, Mississippi, Sevier is the coordinator of two Madison Parish genealogical-historical websites, as well as the state coordinator for digital historical maps for Louisiana and Mississippi.
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