W. Jasper Blackburn

Today’s Echo is one of the earliest accounts of Minden I have found. It was written from Minden on February 18, 1850, and addressed to the editor of the New Orleans Weekly Delta, the correspondent signs his letter “Itinerant” Here is the account, followed by a few explanatory notes.

Country Correspondence of the Delta

“Dear Delta: Believing that you are ever ready to let your valuable sheet speak of the business and improvements of the ages, and as correspondence from this, one of the dark corners, are not very numerous, I venture to intrude a short article upon your notice and that


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