18 December 1862
On this date in 1862...
General Nathan Bedford Forrest's Confederate cavalry defeated a larger federal force at Lexington, Tennessee.
- 1835 - A group of Seminoles, led by Osceola attacked a military baggage caravan separated from its main force while marching from Jacksonville, FL to Wetumpka, AL near Micanopy, Florida. The Battle of Black Point resulted in the death of most of the soldiers and became the first battle of the Second Seminole War.
- 1859 - South Carolina declared itself an "independent commonwealth."
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