19 March 1840
On this date in 1840...
During a peace conference and prisoner exchange between the Comanche and Texas settlers at the San Antonio council house a fight erupted after the Texans saw how Matilda Lockhart had been mutilated by her captors. Seven whites and thirty-three Comanche including 12 chiefs died in what became known as the Council House Fight.
- 1687 - While searching for the mouth of the Mississippi River, French explorer Robert Cavelier de La Salle was murdered by his own men.
- 1865 - The Battle of Bentonville, North Carolina began. This was the last significant attempt to stop the invading federal army of W.T. Sherman.
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