Mardi Gras – Today In Southern History

27 February 1827 

On this date in 1827…

A group of masked and costumed students danced through the streets of New Orleans, Louisiana, beginning the city’s first Mardi Gras celebration.

Other Years:

  • 1699 – Fearing an English take over of the Mississippi Valley, Pierre le Moyne, Sieur d’Iberville began a voyage up the Mississippi River to establish a series of French forts. 
  • 1776 – The Continental Congress established the Southern Department of the Continental Army, consisting of Virginia, North and South Carolina and Georgia.
  • 1836 – While attempting to cross the Withlacoochee River in Florida, General Edmund Gaines and 1,100 troops were attacked by a Seminole force of 1,500 warriors. Under fire, the troops built a stockade and fighting continued ten more days before both sides agreed to a truce.
  • 1863 – Confederate President Jefferson Davis called for a national day of fasting and prayer.
  • 1932 – A coal mine explosion killed 38 miners in Boissevain, Virginia.
  • 1971 – Janis Joplin’s album Pearl is released posthumously.

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