Saturday, April 21, 2012

Louisiana Swamp Doctor/Henry Clay Lewis, mid 1800's

Henry Clay Lewis was a doctor who lived on the Tensas River, Madison Parish, not to far from Lake Providence, in northeast Louisiana. He encountered many Lake Providence folks. He died at the early age of 26. He was helping with the Cholera epidemic at the time of the swollen bayous and flooding Mississippi River on an August day in 1850. Plunging his horse into the murkey waters his feet and his horses' feet was snarled on the dense willows pulling him and his horse down. The doctor was found the next day drown. The next few posts will be about some of the local folk that was mentioned in his book, "Louisiana Swamp Doctor".

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