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April 18, 1847 Battle of Cerro Gordo
  George McClellan
  Mexican American War
April 18, 1861 Robert E. Lee is offered command of the United States Army Virginia
  Robert E. Lee
April 18, 1861 Troops begin to arrive in Washington, D. C.
  Washington D. C.
April 18, 1861 Federal forces withdraw from Harpers Ferry West Virginia
Virginia
  Harpers Ferry
April 18, 1862 Federal fleet begins a 5-day bombardment of Fort Jackson and Fort St. Philip Louisiana
  Battle of New Orleans
April 18, 1864 Battle of Poison Spring

Sterling Price [CS] and John Marmaduke [CS] raid US supply wagons heading for Grand Ecore to relieve Nathaniel Banks [US] failed expedition. After heavy fighting the federals were forced to withdraw
Arkansas
  Red River Campaign
  Sterling Price
  Nathaniel Banks
April 18, 1864 General P. G. T. Beauregard is ordered to take command of the Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia. Virginia
  P. G. T. Beauregard
April 18, 1865 Sherman and Johnston reach agreement on the surrender of all remaining armies in the Confederacy.
  William Tecumseh Sherman
  Joseph E. Johnston

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