Today in Southern History: Aaron Burr Charged

10 January 1807  

On this date in 1807…

US President Thomas Jefferson charged former Vice-President Aaron Burr with treason for invading Louisiana with northern volunteers and attempting to incite a war with Spain so he could steal a large portion of land in the Louisiana Territory and eventually conquer Texas.  


Other Years:

  • 1811 – Slaves revolted in two Louisiana parishes.
  • 1843 – Frank James was born in Clay County, Missouri.
  • 1861 – North Carolina citizens seized Fort Caswell near Wilmington. 
  • 1861 – Louisiana state troops seized the federal arsenal and barracks at Baton Rouge.
  • 1861 – Mississippi seized federal forts & property.
  • 1861 – Florida formally recalled its delegated rights and seceded from the Union.
  • 1870 – Georgia’s legislature reconvened.
  • 1901 – The great gusher erupted in the oil well being drilled by mining engineer, Capt. A. F. Lucas at Spindletop, near Beaumont, Texas. 
  • 1967 – Lester Maddox was inaugurated as governor of Georgia.

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