Today in Southern History: Morgan’s Raid

22 December 1862 

On this date in 1862…

General John Hunt Morgan’s Confederate cavalry crossed the Cumberland River to raid federal installations in occupied Kentucky.

Other Years:

  • 1769 – A Shawnee war party captured Daniel Boone.
  • 1775 – A force of 1,500 Patriot rangers and militia captured a Loyalist force in Great Canebrake, South Carolina.
  • 1830 – The State of Georgia prohibited whites from being on Cherokee land without a permit.
  • 1961 – SP4 James Davis of Livingston, Tennessee became the first U.S. soldier to die in Vietnam, while serving as a military adviser.
  • 1991 – The body of Lt. Col. William R. Higgins, an American hostage from Danville, Kentucky murdered by his captors, was found along a highway in Lebanon. 

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