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Dedication of the Tomb of the Unknowns: November 11, 1921
On November 11, 1921, President Harding presided over the dedication of the Tomb of the Unknowns, also commonly called the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which originally honored fallen American servicemen from World War I whose remains had not been identified.
Congress approved the creation of the memorial in March 1921. To ensure that the identity of the American really was unknown, the bodies of four unidentified WWI servicemen were... Continue Reading
150th Anniversary (1864–2014) This Month in the Civil War: Battle of Franklin
The Battle of Franklin, on November 30, 1864, was the second engagement in two days between John Bell Hood's troops and John M. Schofield's, the first being the Battle of Spring Hill on the 29th. Following Spring Hill, however, Schofield and his Union soldiers slipped through Hood's grasp during the night. Schofield's aim was to join up with George H. Thomas's troops in Nashville, but he was slowed in Franklin, Tennessee, by the damaged bridges over the Harpeth River. Schofield's men repaired the bridges... Continue Reading
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