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One Night in Louisiana

What if Abraham Lincoln had died in an 1828 scuffle?

Published: February 5, 2021
Last Updated: February 5, 2021

What would American history look like without the presidency of Abraham Lincoln? A violent escapade Lincoln faced as a young man on the Lower Mississippi almost had that very outcome. Read about the incident in Campanella’s Geographer’s Space column from the winter 2019 issue of 64 Parishes.

Richard Campanella, a geographer with the Tulane School of Architecture, is the author of Cityscapes of New OrleansBienville’s DilemmaBourbon Street: A History, and the new The West Bank of Greater New Orleans (LSU Press, summer 2020). Campanella may be reached through richcampanella.com, [email protected]; or @nolacampanella on Twitter.