Today in Southern History: Fredricksburg

13 December 1862 

On this date in 1962…

Federal General Ambrose E. Burnside wasted 12,653 of his own troops in a doomed frontal attack during the Battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Other Years:

  • 1801 – In treaty negotiations at Fort Adams, Mississippi, the U.S. agreed to give the Choctaw training in the spinning of cotton, and to provide them spinning wheels
  • .1809 – The first abdominal surgical procedure was performed in Danville, Kentucky, on Jane Todd Crawford without an anesthetic. 
  • 1862 – The Georgia General Assembly created the Georgia State Line Troops.
  • 1864 – Ft. McAllister, Georgia fell to General W.T. Sherman’s federal invaders.
  • 1887 – Alvin York, the most decorated American soldier of WWI was born at Pall Mall, Tennessee.
  • 1918 – U.S. President Wilson of Virginia arrived in France, becoming the first chief executive to visit a European country while holding office. 
  • 1964 – In El Paso, Texas, President Lyndon Johnson and Mexican President Gustavo Diaz Ordaz set off an explosion that diverted the Rio Grande River, reshaped the border, and ended a century-old border dispute. 
  • 1983 – Martha Layne Collins was inaugurated as Kentucky’s first female governor.
  • 2000 – The “Texas Seven” escaped from the John Connally Correctional Unit near Kennedy, Texas and went on a crime spree, killing police officer Aubrey Hawkins.


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