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.
- 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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