Posts Tagged “Today in Southern History”

Today in Southern History: Cowpens

Today in Southern History: Cowpens

17 January 1781 On this date in 1781… Continental Army forces and militia commanded by Daniel Morgan of Virginia won a decisive victory over the British Army led by Colonel Banastre Tarleton  at the Battle of Cowpens in northwestern Cherokee County, South Carolina. Cowpens was a turning point in the Patriot campain to retake South Carolina…

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Today in Southern History: Ma Barker

Today in Southern History: Ma Barker

16 January 1935  On this date in 1935… FBI agents killed Missouri gangsters Fred and Ma Barker at their hideout in Lake Weir, Florida. Other Years: 1825 – Confederate General George Pickett was born in Richmond, Virginia.  1831 – Mushulatubbe declared he would resign as Chief of the Choctaw when removal to Indian Territory started. He…

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Today in Southern History: Bill Doolin

Today in Southern History: Bill Doolin

15 January 1895  On this date in 1895… Deputy U.S. Marshal Bill Tilghman captured outlaw Bill Doolin of the “Wild Bunch” while Doolin recuperated at a health resort at Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Tilghman entered a bath house, and spotted Bill Doolin seated in the lobby. After A breif struggle Tilghman returned Doolin to Oklahoma for trial….

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Today in Southern History: The Father Of Oceanography

Today in Southern History: The Father Of Oceanography

14 January 1806  On this date in 1806… Matthew Fontaine Maury, a commander in the CS Navy, diplomat for CS government in Europe, meteorologist, and the father of naval oceanography was born in Spotsylvania County, Virginia. Other Years: 1784 – The United States ratified a peace treaty with England ending the Revolutionary War.  1833 – Missionary to the…

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Today in Southern History: Douglas Wilder

Today in Southern History: Douglas Wilder

13 January 1990  On this date in 1990…  Douglas Wilder of Virginia became the first elected black governor in the U.S. when he took the oath of office in Richmond. Other Years: 1794 – U.S. President George Washington approved adding two stars and two stripes to the American flag, following the admission of Vermont and Kentucky to the union.  1815 – During the War…

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Today in Southern History: Canyon de Chelly

Today in Southern History: Canyon de Chelly

12 January 1864  On this date in 1864…  Kit Carson and Captain Albert Pfeiffer attacked the Navajo tribesmen in Canyon de Chelly who have been ordered to move to the Bosque Redondo Reservation, but refused in New Mexico Other Years: 1773 – The first public museum in America was established in Charleston, SC.  1861 – Florida state…

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Today in Southern History: The Alabama Strikes

Today in Southern History: The Alabama Strikes

11 January 1863  On this date in 1863… Captain Raphael Semmes in command of the C.S.S. Alabama accosted the federal blockading fleet off Galveston, Texas. One of the ships, the U.S.S. Hatteras,  was sent out to confront the Alabama too far from support of the fleet. In the ensuing naval engagement the Alabama quickly sank…

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Today in Southern History: Aaron Burr Charged

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 –…

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Today in Southern History: The Star of the West

Today in Southern History: The Star of the West

9 January 1861  On this date in 1861… The US ship Star of the West committed an act of war by trying to reinforce Fort Sumter and was repulsed by batteries manned by South Carolina state troops and cadets from the Citadel. Other Years: 1843 – Chief Pasofa’s Apalachicola Creeks who had joined the Seminoles…

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Today in Southern History: David O Dodd

Today in Southern History: David O Dodd

8 January 1864  On this date in 1864… Federal troops hanged 17 year-old David Owen Dodd as a Confederate spy on the grounds of his school at St. John’s College in Little Rock.  Too small for military service, Dodd’s neck wouldn’t break when he was hanged. Several yankee cavalrymen grabbed Dodd’s legs and bore down…

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Today in Southern History: Jamestown Burns

Today in Southern History: Jamestown Burns

7 January 1608  On this date in 1608… Fire destroyed almost all of Jamestown, Virginia. The destruction was a serious blow to the morale of the settlers and almost doomed the colony.  Other Years: 1806 – Black Fox, the Principal Chief of the Cherokee, signed a treaty that would cede almost 7,000 square miles, in…

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Today in Southern History: Killen Arrested

Today in Southern History: Killen Arrested

6 January 2005  Clarion Ledger On this date in 2005… Edgar Ray Killen was arrested for the 1964 murders of three Civil Rights workers. Other Years: 1639 – Virginia was the first colony to order surplus tobacco crops destroyed. 1759 – George Washington and Martha Dandridge Custis were married.  1861 – Florida state troops siezed…

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Today in Southern History: Crockett in Texas

Today in Southern History: Crockett in Texas

5 January 1836   On this date in 1836… Davy Crockett arrived in Texas on his way to San Antonio and eventually the Alamo. Other Years: 1781 – A British naval expedition led by traitor Benedict Arnold captured and burned Richmond, Virginia. 1808 – Explorer William Clark married Julia Hancock in Fincastle, Virginia. 1822 – Confederate…

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Today in Southern History: Crockett in Texas

Today in Southern History: Crockett in Texas

5 January 1836   On this date in 1836… Davy Crockett arrived in Texas on his way to San Antonio and eventually the Alamo. Other Years: 1781 – A British naval expedition led by traitor Benedict Arnold captured and burned Richmond, Virginia. 1808 – Explorer William Clark married Julia Hancock in Fincastle, Virginia. 1822 – Confederate…

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Today in Southern History: Newt Gingrich

Today in Southern History: Newt Gingrich

4 January 1995  On this date in 1995… Georgia Republican Newt Gingrich became the 58th Speaker of the US House of Representatives.  This prompted one yankee news anchor to complain that with a Southern president, vice-president, Senate Majority Leader, and Speaker of the House in place, the “Southern-isation” of the U.S. was now complete.  (Obviously,…

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Today in Southern History: De Soto and the Chickasaw

Today in Southern History: De Soto and the Chickasaw

3 January 1541  On this date in 1541… Hernando de Soto visited the main Chickasaw town. He got guides and interpreters for a planned visit to the Chickasaw town of Caluc. Other Years: 1823 – Stephen F. Austin received a land grant in Texas from the government of Mexico. 1861 – The Florida Secession Convention…

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Today in Southern History: The Young Brothers Massacre

Today in Southern History: The Young Brothers Massacre

2 January 1932  On this date in 1932… Small-time thieves, a portion of the Young Brothers gang killed six police officers of an ill-prepared posse sent to arrest them in a shootout at their family’s farm not far from Springfield, Missouri. Also known as the Brookline Shootout, it was the worst single killing of U.S….

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Today in Southern History: The Danbury Baptist Letter

Today in Southern History: The Danbury Baptist Letter

1 January 1802  On this date in 1802… Thomas Jefferson wrote his letter to the Danbury, Connecticut Baptist Association.  His words, “…the separation of Church and state…” were later taken out of context and used by Federal courts to erroneously forbid religious expression at public activities.  To this date, Jefferson’s letter is the only letter…

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Today in Southern History: Murfreesboro

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…

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Today in Southern History: Charleston Arsenal

Today in Southern History: Charleston Arsenal

 30 December 1860 On this date in 1860… South Carolina state troops seized the federal arsenal at Charleston. Other Years: 1853 – The United States bought about 45,000 square miles of land from Mexico in a deal known as the Gadsden Purchase. 1863 – Twenty Confederate States Marines froze to death after a federal warship swamped their…

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