Few states can match Louisiana in terms of rich history, colorful characters and strange occurrences. It was home to America's first mound builders, the birthplace of the nation's modern army and the scene of a dismaying number of natural disasters. Louisiana's story also includes the weird and bizarre. Fish and worms have rained from the sky, sea serpents have been spotted off its coast and Bigfoot is said to roam the woods. From stampeding squirrels and bayou hippos to Native American hunters and sunken galleons, this collection of tales will entertain anyone who enjoys outdoor adventures and offbeat history. Award-winning author Dr. Terry L. Jones has tapped into his broad knowledge of Louisiana and his own outdoor experiences to produce this engaging book.
Louisiana Pastimes: Ancient Fishing Methods, the Hippo Bill, a Squirrel Stampede
Terry L. Jones was born in Newton, Mississippi, but grew up in Winn Parish, Louisiana, where his ancestors put down roots before the Civil War. After graduating from Dodson High School, he received a bachelor's degree in social studies education and a master's degree in American history from Louisiana Tech University. Jones then earned a PhD from Texas A&M University, where he specialized in the American Civil War. A professor emeritus of history at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, Jones has published nine previous books: Lee's Tigers Revisited: The Louisiana Infantry in the Army of Northern Virginia (Louisiana State University Press, 2017); Louisiana in the Civil War: Essays for the Civil War Sesquicentennial (CreateSpace, 2015); The American Civil War (McGraw Hill, 2009), a college-level textbook; The Louisiana Journey (Gibbs Smith, 2007), a middle school textbook; Cemetery Hill: Struggle for the High Ground, July 1-3, 1863 (Da Capo Press, 2003); Historical Dictionary of the Civil War, in two volumes (Scarecrow Press, 2002); Campbell Brown's Civil War: With Ewell and the Army of Northern Virginia (Louisiana State University Press, 2001); The Civil War Memoirs of Capt. William J. Seymour: Reminiscences of a Louisiana Tiger (Louisiana State University Press, 1991), a History Book Club selection; and Lee's Tigers: The Louisiana Infantry in the Army of Northern Virginia (Louisiana State University Press, 1987), a History Book Club selection and recipient of the Louisiana Historical Association's annual General L. Kemper Williams Prize for the best book on Louisiana history. In addition to his work in history, Jones is also an award-winning outdoor writer and a member of the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association and the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association. He has been married to the former Carol June Janette for forty-three years and has two daughters, Laura and Amie.
6 x 9 Hardcover
Published: March 16, 2020