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West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

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  • Pvt. Charles Bertrand Rivault, CSA (1831 - 1878)
    Per the Blog:> Charles Bertrand Rivault was a French carpenter who immigrated to Louisiana in 1848. He settled in West Baton Rouge and married into the Furbos-Landry family, who were one o...

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West Baton Rouge Parish was formed in 1807; it was named Baton Rouge Parish until 1812.

Many Baton Rouge residents took refuge in West Baton Rouge Parish during the Union occupation of Baton Rouge in 1862.

The defeated Union army under the command of Major General Nathaniel P. Banks passed through West Baton Rouge Parish on Rosedale Road on its return to New Orleans in May 1864, after the failure of the Red River Campaign.

During the final weeks of the American Civil War, heavy rains created crevasses in the West Baton Rouge Parish levee, and flood waters overflowed the area, bringing a temporary halt to military skirmishes. West Baton Rouge, Iberville and lower Pointe Coupee parishes were at this time reportedly "infested with unorganized bodies of jayhawkers". They were guilty of firing on the laborers repairing the levee and on Federal steamboats in the river, along with many crimes against the people of the area. Federal officials and Confederate authorities deplored the lawless actions of these men and both parties desired to break up jayhawking. There was even a truce between Union and Confederate forces until the problem of the jayhawkers was resolved.

Adjacent Parishes

Cities, Towns & Communities

  • Addis
  • Bueche
  • Brusly
  • Chamberlin
  • Devalls
  • Erwinville
  • Ithra
  • Kahns
  • Lobdell
  • Lukeville
  • Port Allen (Parish Seat)
  • Walls



Nat'l Reg. of Hist. Places

West Baton Rouge Museum