Gone to Texas – Today In Southern History

3 March 1835  

On this date in 1835…

David “Davy” Crockett left his post as congressman from Tennessee proclaiming, “You all can go to hell. I’m gone to Texas.”

Other Years:

  • 1513 – Ponce de Leon left Puerto Rico for Florida and his search for the fountain of youth. De Leon subsequently claimed Florida for Spain.
  • 1801 – The first Jewish governor of a U.S. State, David Emanuel, took office in Georgia.
  • 1805 – Louisiana-Missouri Territory was formed.
  • 1817 – Mississippi Territory was divided into Alabama Territory & Mississippi Territory.
  • 1819 – The United States government started its Indian “civilization” program.
  • 1820 – The Missouri Compromise passed, allowing Missouri to join the United States as a slave state.
  • 1835 – Congress authorized a U.S. mint at New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • 1837 – The U.S. Congress and President Andrew Jackson recognized the independence of the Republic of Texas.
  • 1845 – Florida became the 27th U.S. state.
  • 1861 – Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard took command of Confederate forces in Charleston, South Carolina.
  • 1863 – Federal ironclad ships bombarded Fort McAllister, Georgia.
  • 1869 – The University of South Carolina opened to all races.
  • 1903 – North Carolina became the first state to require registration of nurses.
  • 1911 – The first federal cemetery with both Union and Confederate graves opened in Missouri.
  • 1955 – Elvis Presley made his first television appearance on a TV broadcast of the”Louisiana Hayride” radio show. 
  • 1972 – The sculpted memorial figures of Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, and Stonewall Jackson were completed at Stone Mountain, Georgia.

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