Native of Louisiana, Bill Dixon, tells the account of the hurricane of 1856 in his first book recently published by the UL Press, Last Days of Last Island.

Last Days of Last Island

The Hurricane of 1856, Louisiana’s First Great Storm

by Bill Dixon

Bill Dixon's book Last Days of the Storm; The Hurricane of 1856, Louisiana's First Great StormSynopsis: The 1856 summer season was like so many that had come before – uneventful, idyllic. The South’s newest and most popular watering spot was a microcosm of Louisiana’s antebellum economic and social structure. More than four hundred vacationers – wealthy sugar planters, powerful politicians, their families, friends and servants – had come to the island to escape the hot August sun. The waters of the Gulf were cool, its breezes fresh. Life was good.

On the horizon, however, a massive cloud formation was about to tell a much different story. On that August 10th, a devastating Category Four hurricane destroyed Last Island. The chaos and confusion that initially reigned gave way in time to a generation of Civil War and Reconstruction. After more than one hundred and fifty years – and the devastation of Katrina – the story remains layered with myths. Last Days of Last Island removes that shroud and presents the first comprehensive account of “Louisiana’s first great storm.”

Author Biography: Bill Dixon, a career federal manager, has spent nearly thirty years in south Louisiana—Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Lake Charles. A part-time free-lancer, the author has melded his love of history and writing into his first book: Last Days of Last Island. The author currently lives in Owings Mills, Maryland.

ISBN: 1-887366-88-1 (softcover); 1-887366-90-3 (hardcover)
PAGE COUNT: 290, plus 32 pages of illustrations
PRICE: $20.00 (softcover); $30.00 (hardcover)
Louisiana: New Orleans, Houma, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles.
Texas: Houston.

Bill Dixon's book can be purchased here.

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