Jackson Parish, Louisiana

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Jackson Parish (French: Paroisse de Jackson) is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. In 2000, its population was 15,397. The parish seat is Jonesboro. Jackson Parish is part of the Ruston Micropolitan Statistical Area.

During the American Civil War Confederate General Richard Taylor sent five companies into Jackson and Winn parishes to arrest conscripts who failed to report for duty and to halt jayhawker groups in the area. General Edmund Kirby-Smith, moreover, directed that "all men who shirked their military duty be hunted down and forced into camp. Those who tried to escape the conscript hunters would be shot. The terrain of Louisiana with its many canebrakes, swamps, and hills in which to hide, made such an order difficult to carry out," explains the historian John D. Winters in The Civil War in Louisiana (1963).[1]

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Geography

The parish has a total area of 580 square miles (1,502.2 km2), of which 570 square miles (1,476.3 km2) is land and 11 square miles (28.5 km2) (1.82%) is water.

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Adjacent parishes

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