Today in Southern History: Murfreesboro

31 December 1862 

On this date in 1862…

The Battle of Murfreesboro, Tennessee began.

Other Years:

  • 1794 – After agreeing to a peace with the United States on November 7th, the Cherokee, the Chickamauga band, and the U.S. exchanged prisoners, effectively ending the Chickamauga War.
  • 1841 – Alabama became the first state to license dental surgeons.
  • 1862 – Skirmish at Parker Cross Roads, Tennessee
  • 1862 – U.S. President Abraham Lincoln signed the unconstitutional act admitting West Virginia to the Union.
  • 1953 – Willie Shoemaker of Fabens, Texas broke his own record as he won his 485th race of the year. 
  • 1974 – Private citizens in the U.S. were allowed to buy and own gold for the first time simce the 1930’s.

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