It was a hot summer day in 1868, when hunters and dogs chased a quarry through a southern swamp. The tracks were those of a human foot, but the toes were turned backward.
Life in the village of Meadville, Mississippi was slow and boring, and the last thing hunters expected to come across was a creature reportedly seen in Vicksburg during the fall of the year before.
The setting was the same, the dogs followed a trail a few miles from the Mississippi River. They started to bay, and when the hunters caught up with them, what they found was incredible. It was a man of average height, but well muscled. He had long, coarse hair hanging from his head to his knees, and long, large tusks protruding from its upper jaw.
The hunting party gave chase once more as it ran towards the river. It killed one of the dogs with its tusk. The hunters shot at it, and then it jumped in the water, thrashed about calling out in a horrible bellow until it reached the Louisiana shore and disappeared.
The Vicksburg Story
Twenty-five miles from the city near in a small stream that emptied into the Mississippi Riber was an overgrown swamp that was filled with all kinds of game.
It was a peculiar animal that left tracks that seemed to be going both ways at once. One foot pointed to the front and the other to the rear. More strange was the fact that the track measured 23 inches in length.
The animal, if that is what it was, would been seen at twilight. It was described as:
The being is about 8 feet high each eye as large as a hen's egg, with no nose and no upper lip,his two eye teeth as large as a man's thumb, extending down over his chin about 8 inches, his right foot points directly to the front and the left to the rear, and the measurement of the track is just 23 inches in length, his finger nails are perfectly hard and solid, and are about six inches long; the hair on his head, which is stiff and wiry, sweeps the ground as he walks and is parted in the rear and brought down in front on each side of his singularly-formed chest, which is not round or flat, but is angular like that of a fowl. The hair on the body of this singular being is very still and grows to the rear, parting at the angle of the breat bone, growing back and uniting with a long stiff growth on his spine which extends back about one foot lik the spinal fin of a fish, or the bristles o nthe back of a boar, the hair on his arms is parted and grows in the same way, making a long thick brush on the back of the arms, extending from the shoulders to the point of his middle finger; the same peculiarity is observable on his legs.
The people in the area said they had seen this unknown animal for several months, and that it would howl hideously.
A bear hunting party, that brought 15 dogs went into the swamps mounted on horses. Soon they came upon the creature they called The Nondescript. It appeared human but a monster as well. It jumped into the river and swam across to the opposite bank where the party could not follow.
Source - New Orleans Republican 1868
Stranger Than Fiction Stories by M.P. Pellicer