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Opelousas in Saint Landry Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
 

Opelousas

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); Seven Brothers Oak (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Saint Landry Parish Mural (about 500 feet away); Humble Cottage Lodge No. 19 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Emar Andrepont Store (approx. 0.6 miles away); Louisiana Orphan Train Museum (approx. 0.6 miles away); Union Pacific Freight Depot (approx. 0.6 miles away); Mary Jane Steam Engine Train (approx. 0.6 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 212 times since then and 63 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on July 21, 2015. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
 
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