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This Day in History
1779: British General (and territorial Lt. Governor) Henry Hamilton surrenders Fort Sackville in Vincennes Indiana to George Rogers Clark, thereby assisting in the end of the Revolutionary War and in gaining a large territory for America.

1781: American General Nathaniel Greene crosses the Dan River on his way to attack Cornwallis.

1831: The Polish army halts the Russian advance into their country at the Battle of Grochow.

1836: Samuel Colt patents the first revolving cylinder multi-shot firearm.

1861: The Confederate Marine Corps was organized in Richmond, Virginia.

1861: The Saratoga, a member of the U.S. African Squadron, captures the slaver sloop Express.

1862: The U.S. Congress passes the Legal Tender Act, authorizing the use of paper notes to pay the government's bills. This ended the long-standing policy of using only gold or silver in transactions, and it allowed the government to finance the enormously costly war long after its gold and silver reserves were depleted.

1862: Confederate troops abandon Nashville, Tennessee, in the face of Grants advance.

1862: The ironclad Monitor is commissioned at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

1865: General Joseph E. Johnston replaces John Bell Hood as Commander of the Confederate Army of Tennessee.