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This Day in History
1745: American New Englanders captured Louisburg, Cape Breton, from the French.

1775: British General William Howe lands his troops on the Charlestown peninsula overlooking Boston and leads them against Breed's Hill, a fortified American position just below Bunker Hill.

1863: On the way to Gettysburg, Union and Confederate forces skirmished at Point of Rocks, Maryland.

1863: At the Battle of Aldie the Confederates failed to drive back Union troops in Virginia.

1863: C.S.S. Atlanta, Commander Webb, with wooden steamers Isondiga and Resolute, engaged U.S.S. Weehawken, Captain J. Rodgers, and U.S.S. Nahant, Commander Downes, in Wassaw Sound.

1864: General John B. Hood replaced General Johnston as head of CSA troops around Atlanta.

1870: USS Mohican burns Mexican pirate ship Forward.

1876: Sioux and Cheyenne Indians score a tactical victory over General Crook's forces at the Battle of the Rosebud, foreshadowing the disaster of the Battle of Little Big Horn eight days later.

1898: The Navy Hospital Corps is established.

1913: U.S. Marines set sail from San Diego to protect American interests in Mexico.