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This Week In Military History — February 4th – February 10th

February 4th

On this day in 1789, George Washington becomes the first and only president to be unanimously elected by the Electoral College. He repeated this notable feat on the same day in 1792.

February 5th

On this day in 1865, at the Battle of Dabney’s Mill (also known as Hatcher’s Run), Union and Confederate forces around Petersburg, Virginia, begin a three-day battle that produces 3,000 casualties but ends with no significant advantage for either side.

February 6th

On this day in 1778, during the American Revolution, representatives from the United States and France sign the Treaty of Amity and Commerce and the Treaty of Alliance in Paris.

TWIM - 2-5-18 DonalsonFebruary 7th

On this day in 1862, one day after the fall of Fort Henry on the Tennessee River, Confederate General Albert Sidney Johnston, commander of Rebel forces in the West, orders 15,000 reinforcements to Fort Donelson. This fort lay on the Cumberland River just a few miles from Fort Henry. Johnston’s decision turned out to be a mistake, as many of the troops were captured when the Fort Donelson fell to the Yankees on February 16.

February 8th

On this day in 1943, Japanese troops evacuate Guadalcanal, leaving the island in Allied possession after a prolonged campaign. The American victory paved the way for other Allied wins in the Solomon Islands.

TWIM - 2-5-18 NormandieFebruary 9th

On this day in 1942, the Normandie, regarded by many, as the most elegant ocean liner ever built, burns and sinks in New York Harbor during its conversion to an Allied trip transport ship.

February 10th

On this day in 1763, The Seven Years’ War, a global conflict known in America as the French and Indian War, ends with the signing of the Treaty of Paris by France, Great Britain, and Spain.

 

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Suggested Reading:

Crucible of War: The Seven Years’ War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754-1766 By Fred Anderson

His Excellency: George Washington By Joseph J. Ellis

Grant Invades Tennessee: The 1862 Battles for Forts Henry and Donelson (Modern War Studies By Timothy B. Smith

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Jeremy Scott is a 36-year-old military history buff from Houston, Texas. He has been interested in military history since the age of 8 years old. His interests are the Napoleonic era, the American Civil War, and both World wars I and II. He has a deep respect for the “boots on the ground” the common military soldier, and hopes that his humble writings interest those soldiers. If you have a twitter account, you can follow him @UncleBubba80

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