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Shreve Town was originally contained within the boundaries of a section of land sold to the company in 1835 by the indigenous Caddo Indians.
In 1838 Caddo Parish was created from the large Natchitoches Parish, and Shreve Town became its parish seat.
Fort Albert Sidney Johnston was built on a ridge northwest of the city.
Because of limited development in that area, the site is relatively undisturbed.
Gras turned to real estate and by the 1920s was the largest landholder in Caddo Parish.
Gras and his wife, Eugenie, donated .3 million to establish the Community Foundation of North Louisiana. By the 1910s, Huddie William Ledbetter—also known as "Lead Belly", a blues singer and guitarist who eventually achieved worldwide fame—was performing for Shreveport audiences in St.
Confederate President Jefferson Davis tried to flee to Shreveport, intending to go down the Mississippi, when he left Richmond but was captured en route in Irwinville, Georgia.
Throughout the war, women in Shreveport did much to assist the soldiers fighting mostly far to the east. Winters writes of them in The Civil War in Louisiana: "The women of Shreveport and vicinity labored long hours over their sewing machines to provide their men with adequate underclothing and uniforms.
That same month students at the Mansfield Female College in Mansfield in De Soto Parish presented a vocal and instrumental concert to support the war.
His engineers quickly constructed a temporary dam to raise the water level and free his fleet.