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The difficulty of tactical maneuvering consists in turning the devious into the direct, and misfortune into gain.

-- Sun Tzu

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This Day in History
1813: Fifteen U.S. gunboats engage three British ships in Hampton Roads, VA.

1815: Trials of Fulton I, built by Robert Fulton, are completed in New York. This ship would become the Navy's first steam-driven warship.

1862: Union gunboats occupied the Stono River above Cole's Island, South Carolina, and shelled Confederate positions there.

1863: A heavy combined Army-Navy bombardment of Vicksburg, lasting 6 hours, hammered Confederate positions.

1864: General John Bell Hood's Confederate force attack William T. Sherman's troops outside of Atlanta, Georgia, but are repulsed with heavy losses.

1864: Side-wheelers U.S.S. Morse, Lieutenant Commander Babcock, and U.S.S. Cactus, Acting Master Newell Graham, dislodged Confederate batteries which had opened fire on Army supply wagon trains near White House, Virginia.

1866: 50 Marines and Sailors landed at new Chwang, China, to assure punishment for those who attacked an American official.

1881: Five years after General George A. Custer's infamous defeat at the Battle of Little Bighorn, Hunkpapa Teton Sioux leader Sitting Bull surrenders to the U.S. Army, which promises amnesty for him and his followers.

1898: During the Spanish-American War on the way to the Philippines to fight the Spanish, the U.S. Navy cruiser Charleston seized the island of Guam.

1900: Chinese begin siege of foreigners in Beijing. Military delegations in the “Foreign Quarter” including the US Marine delegation band together to defend their charges.