“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Opelousas in Saint Landry Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)


Capital of Confederate Louisiana


—May 1, 1862 - January 23, 1863 —

Opelousas Marker image. Click for full size.
October 21, 2005
1. Opelousas Marker
Inscription. After the Union occupation of New Orleans and surrounding territory in the spring of 1862 the state offices were moved to Opelousas. From here Governor Thomas Moore issued an address to the people urging them to continue the struggle, and the state legislature met here in December, 1862. But in January, 1863, rumored Federal offensives caused the removal of the capital to Shreveport. On April 20 Union forces occupied Opelousas but soon left to take part in the first Red River campaign.
Location. 30° 32.002′ N, 92° 5.034′ W. Marker is in Opelousas, Louisiana, in Saint Landry Parish. Marker is on Ronald Reagan Highway (U.S. 190) west of South Court Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. In the Parish Courthouse Square. Marker is in this post office area: Opelousas LA 70570, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Opelousas (within shouting distance of this marker); Humble Cottage Lodge No. 19 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Opelousas Colored School (approx. 0.6 miles away); Black Academy At Mt. Olive Baptist Church (approx. 0.7 miles away); St. Landry Catholic Church (approx. 0.7 miles away); Lt. Fr. Joseph "Verbis" Lafleur (approx. ¾ mile away); a different marker also named St. Landry Catholic Church (approx. ¾ mile away); Opelousas Catholic School (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Opelousas.
Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page was last revised on April 8, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 21, 2015. This page has been viewed 182 times since then and 33 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on July 21, 2015. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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