Sunday, October 30, 2011

Tonight I'm in . . .

one of the larger Confederate cities that never did fall to the Yankees,* thanks to the failure of the Red River campaign. Also, or so I'm told, a place whose founder and namesake broke up a 140 mile long log jam (the 'Great Raft') in order to open the Red River to navigation -- including my birthplace, which is a good seventy miles upriver from here.

--John R.

*i.e., not until after the war was over.


David Bratman said...

Having been in that city, including its local history museum, not too long ago myself, so I know the story of the founder and namesake, I know where you are.

John D. Rateliff said...

Yup; that's the one. I remember your having mentioned on your blog a while back about your visit there.

--John R.