Harrisonburg, Louisiana

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Harrisonburg is a village in and the parish seat of Catahoula Parish, Louisiana, United States.[1] The population was 746 at the 2000 census.



Fort Beauregard, which is located a fourth of a mile outside the village, was a Confederate stronghold during the American Civil War. In 1863, the fort successfully defended Harrisonburg from the attack of four Union gunboats coming from the Black River to the Ouachita River. After four days of bombardment, little damage was done, and the gunboats retired down river.[2]

The village of Harrisonburg formerly staged reenactments at Fort Beauregard, also known as Fort Hill, but those ceremonies ended in the latter 20th century.

Harrisonburg was once a trade capital because of its location on the Ouachita River, with easy access to the Mississippi River and New Orleans. The Harrisonburg Road or the Natchez Trace ran through the area as it crossed Louisiana into Texas to connect with the El Camino Real.

Harrisonburg was considered for the new site of the Louisiana state capital when the legislature decided to leave New Orleans.[3]


Harrisonburg is located at 31°46′20″N 91°49′39″W / 31.77222°N 91.8275°W / 31.77222; -91.8275 (31.772177, -91.827403)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.7 km² (1.0 mi²). 2.4 km² (0.9 mi²) of it is land and 0.3 km² (0.1 mi²) of it (10.48%) is water.


As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 746 people, 142 households, and 91 families residing in the village. The population density was 306.4/km² (792.5/mi²). There were 157 housing units at an average density of 64.5/km² (166.8/mi²). The racial makeup of the village was 43.43% White, 54.83% African American, 1.47% Asian, and 0.27% from two or more races.

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