Five letters from the John Little Lobdell family, who had refugeed with their slaves first to the Natchitoches, Louisiana, area and finally to Canton (Omen) in southeast Smith County, Texas, in very late 1863. These letters describe the area and property, the sale of slave families, visitors, the end of the war, and negotiations with the freedpeople over labor contracts and transportation back to Louisiana.
Betts, Vicki, "“’So Far From All We Love’: Letters from the Lobdell Family, Civil War Refugees from West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana.” Chronicles of Smith County, Texas 46 (2015): 37-45." (2015). Presentations and Publications. Paper 37.