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Leon C. Vial

Vial Era

Early in the century, a young man would emerge on the political scene as a member of the House of Representatives and then parish assessor. Finally in 1916, at the age of thirty-eight, he would become sheriff for twenty-two years until his death in 1939. He was... Read More


Lieutenant General Richard Taylor, b.
1826, d. 1879, was the owner of Fashion
Plantation. He was the son of President
Zachary Taylor and the brother-in-law of
Confederate President Jefferson Davis.
Taylor was a U.S. Senator, 1856–1860;
a colonel in the Louisiana Ninth Infantry
(appointed by Governor Moore); was
appointed brigadier general in 1861;
fought with distinction under Generals
“Stonewall” Jackson and Robert
E. Lee; was a member of Louisiana
Secession Committee and chairman of the
Committee on Military and Naval Affairs;
and enacted the Conscription Act to enlist
aid to fight Union troops. He is interred
with his wife at Metairie Cemetery.

Ordinance of Secession

St. Charles was one of twenty-nine parishes that supported secession on January 26, 1861. General Richard Taylor of Fashion Plantation was elected to represent the German Coast. His signature is included among those signing the document with the notation “of St. Charles” directly... Read More