Today in Southern History: Battle of Leesburg, Virginia

21 October 1861  

On this date in 21 October 1861…

Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan’s Army of the Potomac (Union) suffered a humiliating defeat at the Battle of Leesburg (Ball’s Bluff), Virginia.


Other Years:

  • 1867 – Near Medicine LodgeKansas a treaty was signed by southern Great Plains Indian leaders. requiring the  Plains tribes to relocate to a reservation in western Oklahoma.
  • 1921 – U.S. President Warren G. Harding villified the South in a speech against lynching.
  • 1967 – Thousands of demonstrators marched in Washington, DC in opposition to the Vietnam War.
  • 1992 – Jim Garrison, the Louisiana District Attorney made famous for investigating the JFK assassination in the Oliver Stone film JFK, died at the age of 70.

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