[Daily article] January 28: Thomas C. Hindman

Thomas Carmichael Hindman, Jr. (January 28, 1828 – September 27, 1868)
was a United States Representative from Arkansas before serving as a
major general in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil
War. During the Mexican–American War, he became a captain of his
company. He was a member of the Mississippi House of Representatives
from 1854 to 1856, and a Democratic representative in the Thirty-sixth
Congress from 1859 to 1861. Despite being re-elected, he declined to
serve after Arkansas seceded from the Union. Instead, Hindman joined the
armed forces of the Confederacy. He was promoted to brigadier general in
September 1861 and to major general the following April. He commanded
the Trans-Mississippi Department, and later raised and commanded
“Hindman’s legion”. After the war, he avoided surrender to the federal
government by fleeing to Mexico City. He worked in Mexico as a coffee
planter, and attempted to practice law. After returning to Arkansas,
Hindman was murdered at his home by an unknown assailant in 1868.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:


King Charles VI of France was nearly killed when several
dancers’ costumes caught fire during a masquerade ball.


Alexander Island, the largest island of Antarctica, was
discovered by explorer Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen of the
Imperial Russian Navy.


Snowfall from the biggest recorded snowstorm in Washington,
D.C., history caused the roof of the Knickerbocker Theatre to collapse,
killing 98 people.


The Lego Group, a Danish toy company, patented the design of
Lego bricks (pictured).


A deadly blizzard hit upstate New York and Southern Ontario,
creating snowdrifts of up to 30 ft (9 m) in affected areas.

Wiktionary’s word of the day:

(transitive, obsolete or poetic) To draw or bring forth.

Wikiquote quote of the day:

  Up, abysmal thought, out of my depths! I am your rooster and dawn,
you sleepy worm: Up! Up! My voice will yet crow you awake! Unsnap the
straps of your ears: listen! Because I want to hear you! Up! Up! Here
there is thunder enough to make even graves learn to listen! And wipe
the sleep and all that befogs and blinds you from your eyes! Hear me
with your eyes too: my voice is a remedy even for those born blind. And
once you are awake, you shall remain awake eternally. It is not my
manner to wake great-grandmothers from their sleep only to tell them —
go back to sleep! You stir, you stretch, you gasp? Up! Up! No gasping
— you will speak to me! Zarathustra summons you, the godless one! I,
Zarathustra, the advocate of life, the advocate of suffering, the
advocate of the circle — you I summon, my most abysmal thought! Hail
to me! You are coming – I hear you! My abyss speaks, I have unfolded
my ultimate depth to the light!  
–Friedrich Nietzsche

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