Friday, January 9, 2015

86. Interview with writer Maurce Ruffin, Part 1

86.  Part one of our interview with writer Maurice Ruffin.  Maurice is an attorney in New Orleans who is also gaining prominence for his writing.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. January 12 1932. Hattie Caraway (D-Ark) elected 1st woman senator with the help of Louisiana's Huey Long.
  2. This week in New Orleans history.  On January 11, 1803, Monroe & Livingston sailed for Paris to buy New Orleans; they buy Louisiana and more.
  3. This week in Louisiana. St. John Fools of Misrule Parade
    January 10th, 2015
    Historic Downtown Covington
    434 N. Columbia St., Covington, LA 70433
    Historic Downtown Covington
    The St. John Fools of Misrule formed in 2011 to announce the arrival of Carnival season on the Northshore. Its bawdy procession through Covington's historic St. John District, which is preceded by a "Feast of Fools" at 4pm, is led by a "Lord of Misrule" and the marching parade begins with flambeaux and a brass band starting at Columbia Street Tap Room & Grill (434 N. Columbia St.) and follows a route along Lockwood St. west to New Hampshire St., south to Walker Alley and then north along Columbia St. to end back at the Tap Room. Their slogan: Vivere Vita Omnino! Live Life Completely!
  4. Battle of New Orleans  January 9, 1815. NO. XXIX.
    Copy of a letter from major-general Jackson to the secretary of war, dated
    Camp, four miles below Orleans, 9th January, 1815.
    In my encampment every thing was ready for action, when early on the morning of the 8th the enemy, after throwing a heavy shower of bombs and congreve rockets, advanced their columns on my right and left, to storm my intrenchments. I cannot speak sufficiently in praise of the firmness and deliberation with which my whole line received their approach. More could not have been expected from veterans inured to war. — For an hour the fire of the small arms was as incessant and severe as can be imagined. The artillery, too, directed by officers who displayed equal skill and courage, did great execution. Yet the columns of the enemy continued to advance with a firmness which reflects upon them the greatest credit. Twice the column which approached me on my left, was repulsed by the troops of general Carroll, those of general Coffee and a division of the Kentucky militia, and twice they formed again and renewed the assault. At length, however, cut to pieces, they fled in confusion from the field, leaving it covered with their dead and wounded. The loss which the enemy sustained on this occasion, cannot be estimated at less than fifteen hundred in killed, wounded, and prisoners. Upwards of three hundred have already been delivered over for burial; and my men are still engaged in picking them up within my lines, and carrying them to the point where the enemy are to receive them. This is in addition to the dead and wounded whom the enemy have been enabled to carry from the field during and since the action, and to those who have since died of the wounds they received. We have taken about five hundred prisoners, upwards of three hundred of whom are wounded, and a great part of them mortally. My loss has not exceeded, and I believe has not amounted to ten killed and as many wounded.
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