+ This website is dedicated to the history of the 1868 Massacre in Opelousas, Louisiana and the history surrounding this tragic event. Items found on this site are dated from 1860-1875.
On September 26th, 1868, it is estimated that well over 150 freedmen were murdered at the hands of white Democrats. In the Emerson Bentley Collection there are newspaper articles surrounding the events and Bentley's own recollection of the events that unfolded.






Digitizing History: The Creator

+ Brentney Harrison is an undergraduate at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette studying History and minoring in English. She enjoys studying United States’ colonial period.  She initially intended to create a website surrounding South Louisiana Medicine, but stumbled upon two ledgers from the 1800s. One ledger, from Breaux Bridge, was written in the English language; the other, from Opelousas, in French and English. In the end, she found more sources on the Massacre of 1868 and felt that the topic was important for future generations to come.

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Cade Ledger 1862-63: N.S. Soldiers

Entire Cade Ledger Collection Soldiers.pdf

Cade Ledger 1862-63: N.S. Soldiers, Brentney Harrison

Cade wrote about money paid and received during 1862-63. The document includes prices and amount purchase. Some items the document entails includes:…

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Cade Family Ledger: Back to Gold

Entire Cade Ledger Collection back to Gold.pdf

Cade Family Ledger: Back to Gold, Brentney Harrison

Cade wrote about money paid and received during 1867-68. The document includes prices and amount purchase. Some items the document entails includes:…

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Cade's Droves From Texas

Entire Cade Ledger Collection (dragged).pdf

Cade's Droves From Texas, Brentney Harrison, 1860-71

Cade wrote about money paid and received during 1860-71. The document includes prices and amount purchase. Some items the document entails includes:…

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