During the siege of Vicksburg, Union troops started calling the town this.

  • Cave Town
  • Dugout City
  • Prairie Dog Village
  • The Underground

Today in History: Born on June 6

1606

Pierre Corneille, French author.

1755

Nathan Hale, American revolutionary.

1756

John Trumbull, American painter.

1799

Alexander Pushkin, Russian writer (Boris Godunov, The Queen of Spades).

1868

Robert F. Scott, British explorer.

1872

Alexandra, the last Russian Czarina.

1875

Thomas Mann, German novelist and essayist, forced into exile by the Nazis.

1902

Jimmie Lunceford, bandleader.

1907

Bill Dickey, professional baseball player.

1925

Maxine Kumin, poet novelist and children's author.

1934

Bill Moyers, American broadcast journalist, press secretary to President Lyndon Johnson.

1939

Marian Wright Edelman, first African-American woman to be admitted to the Mississippi Bar, founder of the Children's Defense Fund.