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This Day in History
1708: Haverhill, Mass., was destroyed by French & Indian forces.

1776: General George Washington retreated during the night from Long Island to New York City withdrawing from Manhattan to Westchester.

1861: U.S.S. Yankee, Commander T. T. Craven, and U.S.S. Reliance, Lieutenant Mygatt, engaged the Confederate battery at Marlborough Point, Virginia.

1862: Confederate General Robert E. Lee deals a stinging defeat to Union General John Pope at the Second Battle of Bull Run.

1862: The U.S.S. Pittsburg escorted steamers White Cloud and Latan with Army troops embarked to Eunice, Arkansas.

1863: The Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley is sunk in Charleston harbor for the first time.

1864: While removing Confederate obstructions from the channel leading into Mobile Bay, five sailors were killed and nine others injured when a torpedo exploded.

1915: Navy salvage divers raise F-4, the first U.S. submarine sunk in an accident.

1916: Congress created the US Naval reserve.

1916: The Marine Corps Reserve was founded.