Shenandoah Valley Torched – Today In Southern History

24 September 1864 

On this date in 1864…

Federal armies began a campaign to burn all crops and civilian property in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

Other Years:

1862 – Federal General W.T. Sherman ordered his subordinates to destroy every house in Randolph, Tennessee in retaliation for Confederate fire upon supply boats.
1883– The first National Black Convention met in Louisville, Kentucky.
1935 – Earl Bascom and Weldon Bascom produced the first rodeo ever held outdoors under electric lights at Columbia, Mississippi.
1957 – U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower violated his day-old agreement with Governor Orville Faubus and sent federal troops to Little Rock, AR, to enforce school integration.
1960 – The first nuclear powered aircraft carrier was launched from Newport News, Virginia. 
2001 – U.S. President George W. Bush froze the assets of 27 suspected terrorists and terrorist groups after the 9-11 attack.

2005 – Hurricane Rita made landfall on the Gulf Coast, devastating Beaumont, Texas and portions of southwestern Louisiana, while causing severe damage as far north as Arkansas.

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