August 20, 2018

Today in History: Rock of Chickamauga

Today in History–July 31–the Library of Congress features Civil War General George H. Thomas, born on this date in 1816. Although he was born in Virginia, Thomas allied with the Union in the Civil War. Thomas' 1863 defense of Chickamauga Creek in northwestern Georgia led to the moniker the "Rock of Chickamauga". The following year he played a key role in the siege of Atlanta under Union General William T. Sherman. Learn more about this West Point military man by visiting … [Read more...]

Today in History: Patrick Francis Healy & Georgetown University

Today in History–July 31–the Library of Congress features Georgetown University, which inaugurated Patrick Francis Healy as President on this day in 1874. Healy was the son of an Irish-immigrant planter and a mulatto slave and is credited with transforming Georgetown from a small school into a modern university. Find out more about Healy and the university founded by John Carroll in 1789 by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources related … [Read more...]