Tuesday, May 17, 2011

150 Years Ago: Friday, May 17,1861

On May 17, 1861, Joseph Hooker and Nathaniel Lyon were both promoted to brigadier general in the Union army.  Hooker was assigned to defend Washington.  Lyon was in the midst of a campaign to drive pro-Southern forces out of Missouri.

Also on this date, North Carolina was admitted to the Confederacy contingent upon the state's ratification of the Confederate Constitution.

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