The Fort Rosalie Massacre – Today In Southern History

28 November 1729 

On this date in 1729…

A combined force of Yazoo, Chickasaw, and Natchez Indians destroyed Fort Rosalie, near the site of modern Natchez, Mississippi. French Commander Etcheparre Chepart was warned of the coming attack from the Natchee Sun, Queen Stung Arm, but arrogantly refused to believe it. The massacre claimed 138 French men, 35 women, and 56 children. Chepart was killed while hiding in his garden. The incident began the Fourth (and final) Natchez War and ended in the systematic annihilation of the Natchez Tribe by the French.

Other Years:

  • 1861 – Missouri was officially admitted to the Confederate States of America. 1862 – The cavalry Battle of Cane Hill, Arkansas claimed 475 combined casualties.
  • 1871 – The Ku Klux Klan trials began in Federal District Court in South Carolina.
  • 1919 – American-born Lady Astor, Nancy Witcher Langhorne Astor of Danville, Virginia, was elected the first female member of the British Parliament
  • 1925 – The “WSM Barn Dance” debuted on the Nashville radio. In 1927, the show’s name changed to the Grand Ole Opry and fans came to live performancesat the downtown WSM studios.
  • 1929 – Ernie Nevers of the St. Louis Cardinals became the first professional football player to score six touchdowns in a single game.
  • 1938 – The 4th Heisman Trophy was awarded to Davey O’Brien, the quarterback of Texas Christian University
  • 1963 – U.S. President Johnson announced that Cape Canaveral, Florida would be renamed Cape Kennedy in honor of his assassinated predecessor. The name was changed back to Cape Canaveral in 1973 by a vote of residents.
  • 1995 – U.S. President Clinton signed a $6 billion road bill that ended the federal 55 mph speed limit.

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