In addition to the twelve books I have scattered around the house and uncountable number of webpages saved on my computer I just received in another 175 pages from Mary Linn Wernet, Associate Professor, Head Archivist and University Records Officer at the Cammie G. Henry Research Center, Watson Library, at my alma mater Northwestern State University of Louisiana.
I've always found it fascinating how with just a quick email or phone calls dedicated intellectuals from around the world will offer you the benefit of their knowledge and their work on a specific topic if you just ask. Of course, I'll remember all of them in the acknowledgements to the book but when writing about a subject as monumental as Louisiana's history it's hard to express exactly how much help they've been.
At the moment I'm trying to sort out a battle that the founder of Natchitoches, Louis Juchereau de St. Denis,was in. Legend has it the battle occurred on the banks of a now dry lake bed near Sang Pour Sang hill outside of Cloutierville. However, in speaking with numerous scholars on the topic they've opened my eyes to a new theory that the battle actually occurred much closer to Natchitoches.
Now to figure out which version to use!