28 November 2015

The Fort Rosalie Massacre

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.
  • 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.
  • 1938 - The 4th Heisman Trophy was awarded to Davey O'Brien, the quarterback of Texas Christian University

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