Monday, July 8, 2013

Day 163, July 8

More facts about the 4th of July.

On July 4, 1863, General John C. Pemberton surrendered his Confederate Army to General U.S. Grant at Vicksburg.  The date was selected because Pemberton believed that the surrender would not be so harsh if the move were made on America's birthday.

The State of New York officially abolsihed slavery on July 4, 1827.

Texas voted for admittance to the United States on July 4, 1845.

The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad began the first railroad passenger service in the united States on July 4, 1823.

On July 4, 1777, the American flag was displayed for the first time on a US naval vessel.

Thomas Jefferson became the first President of the United States to review American military troops on July 4, 1801.

Henry David Thoreau, America's first native born philosoppher, moved to Walden Pond on July 4, 1885.

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