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Mark Pennell sits at the helm of his time machine.Mark's Almanac is a 90-second time travel that highlights the world's history from the very serious to the sometimes sublime.

Mark's Almanac for October 19, 2021

A plaque in St. Albans memorializing the raid.

It was on this date in 1864 that Confederate officer Bennett H. Young led a raid on St. Albans, Vermont during the U.S. Civil War. Young wanted to conduct raids on the Union from the Canada–US border to build the Confederate treasury by robbing banks and also forcing the Union Army to divert troops from the South.