Brice's Crossroads – Today In Southern History

10 June 1864  

Brice’s Crossroads by John Paul Strain

On this date in 1864…

Confederate cavalry commanded by General Nathan Bedford Forrest routed a superior federal force at the Battle of Brice’s Crossroads, Mississippi, capturing 1,600 federal troops, 16 cannon, and a supply train.

Other Years:

  • 1610 – Thomas West, the third Baron de La Mar, was appointed governor of Virginia colony.
  • 1776 – The Continental Congress appointed a committee to write a Declaration of Independence. 
  • 1854 – The U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland held its first graduation.
  • 1861 – Confederate troops under General John Bankhead Magruder repulsed the federal forces of Benjamin “Beast” Butler at Big Bethel, North Carolina.
  • 1925 – The state of Tennessee adopted a new biology text book that excluded the theory of evolution. 
  • 1933 – Bonnie Parker was severely burned in a car accident with Clyde Barrow on a rural road in north Texas.
  • 2004 – Georgia native, Ray Charles, the blind Grammy winning singer who blended gospel with the blues and became a music legend, died in Beverly Hills, California at the age of 73.

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