The Dark and Bloody Ground – Today In Southern History

7 June 1769  

On this date in 1769…

Frontiersman Daniel Boone first visited and began exploring the “Dark and Bloody Ground” of present-day Kentucky.

Other Years:

  • 1618 – Thomas West, the third Baron de La Mar, and English Governor of Virginia colony died.
  • 1776 – Richard Henry Lee of Virginia proposed to the Continental Congress a resolution calling for a Declaration of Independence.
  • 1862 – In New Orleans, Louisiana, William B. Mumford was hanged by order of U.S. General Benjamin “Beast” Butler for tearing down a U.S. flag flying over the New Orleans Mint. 
  • 1932 – More than 7,000 World War I veterans marched in Washington, DC demanding promised bonuses.
  • 1998 – James Byrd, Jr. was dragged to death behind a pickup by three white men outside Jasper, Texas in a racially-motivated murder.

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