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The earliest deed that survives for an Alexandria resident is from June 24, 1805 when a William Cochren, who identifies himself as a "of the Town of Alexandria", sold a tract of land across the Red River to a William Murrey. Later in the day Banks reached Alexandria with his cavalry, whose members had marched twenty-five miles that day to reach the city. Winters of Louisiana Tech University, Porter disliked Banks but nevertheless turned over Alexandria to him and then departed to rejoin General U. Grant at the ongoing siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi. Porter left behind the gunboat USS Lafayette in Alexandria and posted the USS Pittsburg on the Black River to the northeast. Porter sent his sailors into the country to search for unginned cotton.
In the spring of 1863, Alexandria was occupied by Union forces under the command of Admiral David Dixon Porter and General Nathaniel P. In 1864, Admiral Porter returned to the area and quarreled with General Banks over possession of cotton supplies. After the crop was located, it was brought to Alexandria to be ginned and baled. Winters writes that Porter "took all cotton wherever he found it, cotton belonging to the Confederate government, cotton belonging to the 'rebels,' and cotton belonging to 'loyal' citizens." Winters continues: "Banks was furious with Porter when he learned that the admiral was scouring the interior for cotton. " On May 13, 1864, when the Union decided to abandon Alexandria, the city was set afire despite General Banks' order to the contrary.
In 1805, Fulton and business partner Thomas Harris Maddox laid out the town plan and named the town in Fulton's honor.The racial makeup of the city was 38.32% Black, 1.25% Native American, 1.85% Asian, 0.14% Pacific Islander, 1.03% from other races, and 1.09% from two or more races.6.98% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.Alexandria is on a level plain in the center of the Louisiana Longleaf Pine forests, in which pine is interspersed with various hardwoods.A number of small bayous, such as Bayou Rapides, Bayou Robert, and Hynson Bayou, meander throughout the city.