A Town Born in Conflict
Tallulah was founded as a town in the sovereign state of Louisiana in 1857. Five years later it was an important telegraph and railroad station on the Vicksburg, Shreveport, and Texas Railroad.
That's when the people of the fledgling city found themselves facing the brunt of an aggressive and illegal northern army which was bent on forever changing the structure of "these" United States, turning the several sovereign states into a single empire called "The" United States of America.
A historical marker on the Madison Parish courthouse lawn bears witness to the fateful day, August 18, 1962 when Lincoln's invading Federal troops, under Col. W. D. Bowen, destroyed the depot, telegraph office, and several railroad cars. The depot contained a large amount of sugar and supplies for the Confederate Army.
When I read the historical marker, I took note of the fact that this was many months before Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, which he called a "war measure," and slavery was not yet an issue in the war.
The Vicksburg Campaign