A Review of
Louisiana's Loss, Mississippi's Gain --
A History of Hancock County, Mississippi
From the Stone Age to the Space Age
by Robert G. Scharff
ISBN 1-55618-176-0; LC 98-28171
This book makes history come alive!
This historical volume has been extremely well-researched, well-documented, and well-written. It is an excellent resource for history aficionados, especially those with a focus on Mississippi and Louisiana. It describes the people, places, and events that shaped Hancock County, Mississippi -- on the Gulf Coast -- from prehistoric times to the present.
There are countless interesting (and very descriptive) stories contained in the book; the author's writing style makes you feel like you were there -- this isn't just a "dry" history book. The people and places really come alive through the well-chosen words.
After reading the book and then visiting Mississippi and Hancock County for the first time, I felt like I was already in familiar territory!
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More information from the official press release:
Hancock County is located on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, between New Orleans and Biloxi. While its history is intimately connected with that of both cities, it is also unique, with its own people, European explorers, extermination of the buffalo, pirates, a naval battle in the War of 1812, Indians, settlers, the county's role in the Civil War, timber barons and their company towns, the testing of Saturn rocket motors, and casino gambling.
These stories and many others are told in the book's 35 well-documented chapters. This volume is, by far, the most authoritative history of the county written to date, and should be of value to genealogy buffs as well as those with an appetite for local history. It is a BIG book with over 700 pages and with 100 pictures.
Table of Contents:
Foreword by Stephen E. Ambrose
Appendix A: Index to Personal, Family, and Institutional Histories
Appendix B: List of Hancock County Geographical Names
Appendix C: Population of Hancock County, MS
Appendix D: Index to Wills Filed in Hancock County, 1814-1900
Appendix E: County and City Officials