Today in Southern History: Morgan’s Raid

17 July 1863  

On this date in 1863…

Confederate General John Hunt Morgan’s cavalry raided Cincinnati,Ohio and eastward toward the Ohio River.

Other Years:
  • 1673 – Frenchmen Louis Joliet and Father Jacques Marquette, on an expedition to explore the Mississippi River reached the mouth of the Arkansas River. To avoid a confrontation with the Spanish they ended their expedition and returned north.
  • 1821 – Spain ceded Florida to the U.S.
  • 1979 – Nicaraguan President Anastasio Somoza fled to exile in Miami, Florida.
  • 2012 – Seventeen people were wounded by a shooting in a Tuscaloosa, Alabama bar.

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