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This Day in History
1800: First convoy duty; USS Essex escorts convoy of merchant ships from East Indies to U.S.

1801: U.S. squadron under Commodore Dale enters Mediterranean to strike Barbary Pirates.

1862: In day 7 of the 7 Days Battle Union artillery stopped a Confederate attack at Malvern Hill, Virginia. Casualties totaled: US 15,249 and CS 17,583.

1863: The largest military conflict in North American history begins this day when Union and Confederate forces collide at Gettysburg. The epic battle lasted three days and resulted in a retreat to Virginia by Robert E. Lees Army of Northern Virginia.

1864: Battle of Petersburg, VA, began.

1898: As part of their campaign to capture Spanish-held Santiago de Cuba on the southern coast of Cuba, the U.S. Army Fifth Corps engages Spanish forces at El Caney and San Juan Hill.

1907: World's 1st air force was established as part of the US Army.

1918: USS Covington hit without warning by two torpedoes from German Submarine U-86 and sank the next day.

1941: Aircraft from the United States Navy start antisubmarine patrols from bases in Newfoundland.

1944: Elements of the US 5th Army capture Cecina on the west coast while Pomerance falls, further inland, in the advance to Volterra.