Port Hudson – Today In Southern History

8  July 1863  

On this date in 1863…

The last Confederate garrison on the Mississippi River at thestronghold of Port Hudson, Louisiana surrendered to federal troops after learning of the fall of Vicksburg, Mississippi and ending the longest siege on American soil.

Other Years:
  • 1795 – Kent County Free School in Maryland changed its name to Washington College and became the first college to be named after U.S. President George Washington.
  • 1797 – William Blount of Tennessee became the first U.S. Senator to be expelled by impeachment.
  • 1889 – John L. Sullivan defeated Jake Kilrain in the last championship bare-knuckle fight, lasting 75 rounds in Richburg, Mississippi.
  • 1947 – Radio reports were broadcast that a flying saucer had crashed outside Roswell, New Mexico.
  • 1960 – The Soviet Union charged Frances Gary Powers of Kentucky with espionage after was shot down in a U-2 spy plane. 
  • 1999 – Allen Lee Davis was executed for murder by the state of Florida, the last use of the electric chair for capital punishment in Florida.

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