“The best men I’ve known have been cowmen. There’s a code they live by—it’s their way of life. It starts with an abiding reverence for the Good Lord. They’re taught to honor and respect their parents and to share both blanket and bread. Their words are their bond, a handshake their contract. They’re good stewards of His creation, the land. They believe the words in His Book.
Learn from these men—from their stories of triumph over tragedy—victory over adversity, for the wisdom of others blows where it wishes—like a Louisiana Wind.”
—Daniel Hubbard Willis Jr., 1900
This is the story of such men....
Louisiana Wind| by Randy Willis
Three Winds Blowing | by Randy Willis
The captivating story of Solomon Northup's pastor and James Bowie's neighbor Joseph Willis. And, the real-life connections between Solomon Northup, William Prince Ford, James Bowie, and Joseph Willis.
The son of a white man and Cherokee slave, Joseph Willis, gains his freedom and swims the mighty Mississippi on a mule.
Driven by three winds...
* a wind of freedom driving him from North Carolina
* a mighty rushing wind compelling him across the Mississippi River into the Louisiana Territory
* a wind of war fueled by slavery
Rooted in a time of tradition and chivalry, Joseph discovers a land of innocence lost.
His life converges with Louisiana contemporaries, including Solomon Northup, James Bowie, William Prince Ford, Edwin Epps, John Murrell, John Audubon, Baroness Micaela Almonester de Pontalba, Jean Lafitte and voodoo queen Marie Laveau, as well as Texas Ranger Jack C. Hays.
Inspired by a true story
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