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   GO3  April 17 in military history:

1793 - Battle of Warsaw: Russians crush Polish insurgents
1861 - Confederacy authorizes privateers
1861 - U.S. steamer 'Star of West' captured by Confederates, Indianola, Texas

1863 - La Grange, Tn: Grierson's Raid begins, will end at Baton Rouge, LA. The Union raid was planned and conducted during the Vicksburg Campaign of the American Civil War. It was time to out-do the Confederates in cavalry expeditions. Col. Grierson's cavalry brigade consisted of the 6th and 7th Illinois and 2nd Iowa Cavalry regiments. Grierson and his 1,700 horse troopers, some in Confederate uniforms serving as scouts for the main force, rode over six hundred miles through hostile territory (from southern Tennessee, through the state of Mississippi and into Union-held Baton Rouge, Louisiana ), over routes no Union soldier had traveled before. They tore up railroads and burned crossties, freed slaves, burned Confederate storehouses, destroyed locomotives and commissary stores, ripped up bridges and trestles, burned buildings, and inflicted ten times the casualties they received, all while detachments of his troops made feints confusing the Confederates as to his actual whereabouts, intent and direction. The movie The Horse Soldiers, directed by John Ford, and starring John Wayne, William Holden and Constance Towers, and the Harold Sinclair novel of the same name on which it is based, are fictional variations of Grierson's Raid. Photo: Grierson's Raisers behind Confederate LInes.

1864 - Grant suspends prisoner-of-war exchanges over Confederate refusal to treat black troops as soldiers
1941 - Iraq: British reinforcements arrive to defeat pro-fascist coup
1941 - Yugoslavia surrenders to the Germans
1945 - U.S. forces land on Mindanao Island, Philippines.
1961 - Bay of Pigs: 1,400 Cuban exiles land to overthrow Castro, all are killed or captured by the 19th.
1975 - Khmer Rouge capture Phnom Penh, initiating a reign of terror.

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