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Jackson Parish, Louisiana

US county information
NameJackson Parish
StateLouisiana
SeatJonesboro
Largest cityJonesboro
US Area
Total Area580 sq mi (1502.2 km2)
Land Area570 sq mi (1476.3 km2)
Water Area11 sq mi (28.5 km2)
Population16274 (2010)
Density10.8/km2 (28/sq mi)
Named forU.S. President Andrew Jackson
Time zoneCentral
Time zoneCentral: UTC-6/-5: -6/-5

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Jackson Parish (French: Paroisse de Jackson) is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The parish was formed in 1845 from parts of Claiborne, Ouachita, and Union Parishes. In 2010, its population was 16,274. 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).


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