I swear, if it were closer to January I would make a New Year?s resolution to do these ?Today in History? posts much earlier in the day, but I guess I?ll just have to start getting to the office even earlier. Blame DC?s worsening traffic. I certainly do.
Today?s ?TIH? covers that famous day in 1869 when a golden railroad spike was driven on Promontory Summit in what is now Utah, linking the first transcontinental rail line and forever changing transportation in America.
Four years earlier, on May 10, 1865, Union troops captured Jefferson Davis, who had been president of the Confederate States, thwarting his planned escape to Texas where he had hoped to establish Confederacy version 2.0. He would be dispatched to a Virginia prison where he sat for two years before his release.
(Image from LOC?s Prints and Photographs Online Catalog)