John Eugene Leitensdorfer
In the early years of Carondelet, soldier of fortune John Eugene Leitensdorfer made his home in Carondelet. Leitensdorfer was born in Piedmont near the French border near Italy. Leitensdorfer fought under Napolean in the Turkish Army and knew Lafeyette personally. At one point he became Muslim, and was even said to have been a Dervish. He finally became an adjutant and insepector general in the undeclared United States War on the Barbary Pirates. In the late eighteen teens, he made his home on two blocks in the northern end of Carondelet. He spent out his life entertaining the villagers with tales of his battles and magic shows.