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City of Shreveport
Flag of Shreveport, Louisiana
CountryUnited States
ParishesCaddo, Bossier
Incorporated20 March 1839
 • MayorCedric Glover (D)
 • City Council
 • City117.8 sq mi (305.1 km2)
 • Land103.1 sq mi (267 km2)
 • Water14.6 sq mi (37.8 km2)  12.39%%
 • Metro
2,698 sq mi (6,987.8 km2)
144 ft (43. m)
 • City199,311 (US: 109th)
 • Density1,940.5/sq mi (749.2/km2)
 • Metro
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
Red River bridge connecting Shreveport with Bossier City as photographed from the Clyde Fant Parkway

Shreveport is a city in Louisiana. It has a population of 199,311 in 2010.[1] It is the third largest city in Louisiana, after New Orleans and Baton Rouge. It was founded in 1836 where the Red River meets the Texas Trail (now Interstate 20) and US Highway 80. The history of this city it was first adapted by the Caddo.

During the American Civil War, Shreveport was the capital of Louisiana from 1863–1865. The capital moved here after, first, Baton Rouge, and then Opelousas each fell under Union control. The city was a Confederate stronghold throughout the war and was the site of the headquarters of the Trans-Mississippi Department of the Confederate Army. Isolated from events in the east, the Civil War continued in the Trans-Mississippi theater for several weeks after Robert E. Lee's surrender in April 1865, and the Trans-Mississippi was the last Confederate command to surrender, on May 26, 1865. Confederate President Jefferson Davis attempted to flee to Shreveport when he left Richmond but was captured en route in Irwinville, Georgia.


  1. "Shreveport(city) Quick Facts from the U.S. Census Bureau". Retrieved November 26, 2011. 

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