Simmesport, Louisiana

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Simmesport is a town in Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 2,239 at the 2000 census.

During the American Civil War, Union General Nathaniel P. Banks was superseded in command by E.R.S. Canby. U.S. Grant had sought Banks' removal for months, but U.S. President Abraham Lincoln would not dismiss Bankis, who had strong political support in the U.S. Congress. On May 18, 1864, Canby took over the command in Simmesport, but Banks retained the nominal title of commander of the Department of the Gulf. Historian John D. Winters in The Civil War in Louisiana writes that the failure of the Union's Red River campaign "could largely be laid at Banks' door, but there were many who shared in this failure."[1]



Simmesport is located at 30°59′1″N 91°48′45″W / 30.98361°N 91.8125°W / 30.98361; -91.8125 (30.983485, −91.812590)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.3 square miles (6.1 km²), of which, 2.2 square miles (5.6 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²) of it is water. The total area is 8.09% Levee.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 2,239 people, 751 households, and 510 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,036.5 people per square mile (400.2/km²). There were 830 housing units at an average density of 384.2/sq mi (148.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 52.08% White, 46.67% African American, 0.22% American Indian, 0.22% Asian, 0.18% from other races, and 0.63% from two or more races. Hispanic of any race were 0.76% of the population.

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