This Day (Rock of Chickamauga Edition)

Published:March 28, 2011 by Brendan Wolfe

To catch you up, on March 26, 1863, the Confederate Congress — founded, as we all know, on the sacred importance of states’ rights — passed an impressment act, allowing the federal government to seize food, fuel, slaves, and other commodities to support armies in the field.

On March 27, 1946, Oliver Hill, Spottswood Robinson, and Thurgood Marshall argued before the Supreme Court in the case of Morgan v. Virginia. The Morgan in this case is Irene Morgan, who dared sit in front of some white people on an interstate Greyhound bus.

And on this day in 1674 the writer and elite planter William Byrd II was born. Oh, and, in 1870, the Rock of Chickamauga, George H. Thomas, died. Thomas came from a family of slaveholders in Southampton County — they actually fled into the woods during Nat Turner’s uprising — but Thomas stayed in the United States army when the Civil War broke out and was effectively disowned. By the end of the war, he was an advocate of African American rights. Not everyone made the same choices as Lee (see also Philip St. George Cooke, John Newton, and William R. Terrill).