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    Confederate armies in the rest of Louisiana held fast and General Richard Taylor repulsed Geeral Nathaniel P. Banks during this Red River campaign at Mansfield and Pleasant Hill.  By  the winter of 1864-65 the economically ruined and war-weary people lost heart, General Robert E. Lee surrendered in April, 1865, and on June 2, 1965, General Kirby Smith surrendered the last of the Confederate armies.  The South had lost its War for Independence.

    Louisiana's so-called Period of Resconstruction began in 1862 with the occupation of New Orleans.  It was, however, a period of "military occupation" rather than "reconstruction," for little rebuilding of the war-torn state was accomplished.  Carpetbaggers, scalawags, and newly-freed Negroes began systematically to legally, extralegally, and illegally strip cities, towns, farms, and plantations of the state and to wax fat upon a conquered land.   The tragic drama finally ended in the spring of 1877, when President Rutherford B. Hayes withdrew Federal trooops and Louisiana once again became mistress of her own destiny.

   To me the South is unexplainable. All I can say is that there's a sweetness here, a Southern sweetness - that makes sweet music. If I had to tell somebody who had never been to the South what it was, I'd just have to tell him that it's music from the heart, from the pulse - from the innermost feeling. That's my soul, that's how I sing. And that's the South.

As the morning sun yields the chill of an Autumn night to a dawn's slow promise of warmth.  However precise, photographers have never captured the soul of The Gulf of Mexico.

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