1800 – 1856
Sugar planter Thomas Mille’s slaves fled their timber shack as it began to blow apart, and they ran to Mille’s house. One slave, Richard, tried to convince Mille to move his family and slaves into a stable built with sturdy, deeply driven pilings. Mille refused.
Mille’s slave Richard hid out in the stable, the only building the storm didn’t level.
After the storm, he was missing and presumed dead, but Michael Schlatre and Thomas Mille were separated from the others on the Last Island and were able to reach New Orleans after five days on a makeshift raft.
They were found by Captain Charles W. Brien’s crew, who loaded the men onto Brien’s boat and took them back to his home.
Mille died four days after he was taken to safety.