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August 24, 1857 Embezzlement in the home office of the Ohio Life
Insurance & Trust Company coupled with the wreck of the Central America, a merchant marine carrying a shipment of gold bullion, caused a panic in the New York Stock Market.
  Panic of 1857
August 24, 1861 President Davis names James M. Mason as commissioner to Great Britain and John Slidell as commissioner to France
  Trent Affair
August 24, 1962 Petersburg Military Park designated a National Battlefield Virginia

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