Winn Parish, like many other parishes and counties across the South voted
against secession. As those who win wars get to write the history we have
long been labeled in one way or other that is simply not true.
Immediately following secession, David Pierson, Winn's delegate to the
secession convention of La. came straight home and began raising Confederate
troops to defend against invasion.
About 1000 Winn men and boys served in nine (possibly 10) Confederate
companies from Winn alone and many in others from other parishes; also, many
served in Union companies. Some served in both, jumping from one to the
other and back. I've surmised that the huge bounty paid by the Union during
the war had a lot to do with this as many who jumped to the Union cause were
eventually discharged or paroled.at war's end from the Confederacy.
The fallacy of "The Free State of Winn" gained credence years after the war
when Mr. Luca Radescich, a Confederate veteran, was speaking to a 7th or
8th grade history class and told the students that Winn was a 'free state'
at war's end or after............it caught on and for whatever reason there
are those who seem to enjoy such non-conformist status.
The truth is most of the rural South was indeed a 'free state' at the
beginning of the war as well as at war's end as there was no real organized
government just as there was little between the time of secession and the
organization of the Confederate State of America; in particular from c. 1865
to 1868 when real "reconstruction" began we had little recognized government
other than local justice.
I have tried to contact Wikepedia to straighten out this mistake but have
been unable to do so.
Thanks for your interest.
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According to Wikipedia, "During the American Civil War, Winn Parish
refused to secede from the Union and was a de facto Union enclave in the
Confederate state of Louisiana."
I had never heard that before. Just wanted to confirm whether this was
true or not.
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