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April 24, 1820 Land Act of 1820 abolishes subsidies paid to investors who purchased Western lands to reduce speculation, but increases the cash requirement to benefit speculators.
April 24, 1842 John Van Zandt conceals 9 slaves from Boone County, Kentucky who crossed the Ohio River in his wagon and takes them to his farm where he frees them Ohio
  Jones v. Van Zandt
April 24, 1862 Early in the morning Commadore Farragut ships begin sailing up the Mississippi River past Fort Jackson and Fort St. Phillip. After half the fleet sails past the fort the Confederates discover the movement and open fire. All major federal ships make it past the forts. Louisiana
  David Farragut
  Battle of New Orleans
April 24, 1864 Battle of Marks' Mill

Confederates attack federals retreating to Little Rock
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  Red River Campaign
April 24, 1865 General William T. Sherman [US] learns of President Johnson's rejection of his surrender terms to Joe Johnston. General Grant, who personally delivered the message, orders Sherman to commence operations against Johnson within 48 hours. Sherman is incensed but obeys orders. North Carolina
  Joseph E. Johnston
  William Tecumseh Sherman
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