Battle of Lexington, Tenn. – Today In Southern History

18 December 1862 

On this date in 1862…

General Nathan Bedford Forrest‘s Confederate cavalry defeated a larger federal force at Lexington, Tennessee.


Other Years:

  • 1796 – The “Monitor,” of Baltimore published the first Sunday newspaper. 
  • 1835 – A group of Seminoles, led by Osceola attacked a military baggage caravan separated from its main force while marching from Jacksonville, FL to Wetumpka, AL near Micanopy, Florida. The Battle of Black Point resulted in the death of most of the soldiers and became the first battle of the Second Seminole War.
  • 1859 – South Carolina declared itself an “independent commonwealth.”
  • 1865 – U.S. Secretary of State William Seward issued a statement verifying the ratification of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution during “Reconstruction.”
  • 1915 – U.S. President Woodrow Wilson of Virginia, widowed the year before, married Edith Bolling Galt at her Washington home. 
  • 1998 – The U.S. House of Representatives began the debate on the four articles of impeachment concerning U.S. President Bill Clinton.
  • 1998 – South Carolina conducted the U.S.’ 500th execution since capital punishment was restored. 

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