12 October 1861
On this date in 1861...
The tiny Confederate ironclad Manassas attacked the massive war sloop USS Richmond on the Mississippi River south of New Orleans.
- 1773 - America's first insane asylum opens for Persons of Insane and Disordered Minds in Williamsburg, Virginia.
- 1815 - Confederate General William Hardee was born.
- 1870 - Confederate General Robert E. Lee died and was buried in Lexington, Virginia.
- 1886 - A major hurricane struck Indianola, Texas. The winds and storm surge killed 250 people.
- 1996 - Members of all major Southern heritage groups met in summit at New Albany, Mississippi and issued the New Albany Declaration as a set of principles and objectives for the modern Southern Rights movement.
- 2015 - Dell Computer Corporation of Texas announced it was buying EMC for around $67 billion.
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