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October 24, 1861 Western Union completes the final segment of the transcontinental telegraph from Denver to Sacramento
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October 24, 1861 People of West Virginia vote overwhelmingly in favor of creating a new state as spelled out by the Wheeling Convention West Virginia
October 24, 1862 Don Carlos Buell [US] is relieved of command from the Army of the Ohio for his failure to pursue Bragg [CS] following the Battle of Perryville. William Starke Rosecrans is ordered to replace him.
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October 24, 1862 The XIV Corps, better known as the Army of the Cumberland, is created from the Army of the Ohio.
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October 24, 1863 General Grant, in Chattanooga, approves the plan of "Baldy" Smith to open a "Cracker Line" between Chattanooga and the railhead at Stevenson, Alabama Alabama
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