Old Hickory – Today In Southern History

8 June 1845  

On this date in 1845…

U.S. President and Battle of New Orleans hero General Andrew Jackson died at his home, The Hermitage, outside Nashville, Tennessee.

Other Years:

  • 1862 – Confederates under General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson routed federal troops the Battle of Cross Keys in the Shenandoah Valley.
  • 1861 – Tennesseans voted in open election to secede from the union.
  • 1874 – Apache leader Cochise died in New Mexico Territory.
  • 1969 – Authorities announced the capture in London of James Earl Ray, the suspected assassin of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
  • 1991 – In the college baseball World Series, Louisiana State University won the NCAA championship defeating Wichita State, 6-3.

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