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May 6, 1861 Arkansas secedes from the Union Arkansas
  Confederate Order of Secession
  Arkansas Ordinance of Secession
May 6, 1861 Tennessee votes to put the question of secession before the people in a popular referendum Tennessee
  Confederate Order of Secession
May 6, 1864 A half-hearted attack by the Army of the James on the Southside Railroad is repulsed by George Pickett [CS] Virginia
  George Pickett
  Army of the James
May 6, 1864 In the first engagement of the Atlanta Campaign, a division from the Army of the Cumberland strikes a Confederate regiment at Tunnel Hill and easily overpowers the outnumbered Rebels.
  Atlanta Campaign
  Western and Atlantic Railroad
May 6, 1865 Shouting "Hurrah for Jeff Davis..." Philip Henry Mulkey was arrested in Eugene. A pro-Union mob broke down the jail door but Mulkey escaped harm.

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May 6, 1959 California ratifies the 14th Amendment California
  14th Amendment

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Battle of the Wilderness

Ulysses S. Grant [US] is badly beaten on the field by Robert E. Lee [CS] but rather than retreat, Grant advances to Spotsylvania Court House.

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