The Pre-Revolution Revolution – Today In Southern History

16 May 1771  

On this date in 1771 – The Battle of Alamance, North Carolina was fought between royal militia and a group of rebels called “The Regulators” in present-day Alamance County, North Carolina. The regulators lost the battle and twelve were condemned to death. Six were hanged at Hillsboro, North Carolina on 19 June 1771. Many historians consider Alamance, not Lexington, to be the first battle of the first battle of the American War for Independence.

Other Years:
1760 – Creek Chief Handsome Fellow, a former English ally, led an attack on a group of English traders in Georgia in support of the Cherokee at the outbreak of the Cherokee war. Thirteen traders are killed in the fighting.
1817 – Steamboat service began on the Mississippi River.
1824 – Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith was born in St. Augustine, Florida.
1836 – At the age of 26, Edgar Allan Poe married his 13 year-old cousin, Virginia Clemm.
1861 – The Kentucky Legislature voted to remain neutral and reject Lincoln’s call for troops to subdue the Confederate States.
1861 – Tennessee was officially admitted to the Confederate States of America.
1868 – The United States Senate failed by one vote to convict U.S. President Andrew Johnson as it took its first ballot on one of 11 articles of impeachment against him. (Johnson was subsequently acquitted of all charges.)

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