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April 16, 1861 The Confederate Congress passes a Conscription Act.
April 16, 1862 President Lincoln signs legislation freeing the estimated 3,500 slaves in Washington, D. C.
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April 16, 1862 Battle of Dam No. 1

Attempting to break the Yorktown Line, forces under General Winfield Scott Hancock [CS] engage General John Magruder [CS]. This battle is sometimes noted as the Battle of Lee's Mill or Burnt Chimneys.
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  John Magruder
April 16, 1862 Confederate Congress passes a conscription law
April 16, 1863 Rear Admiral David Porter sent 12 vessels south on the Mississippi past Vicksburg. Although hit a number of times by Confederate gunners, the vessels suffered little damage. Mississippi
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  David Porter
April 16, 1870 Military governor Joseph Jones ("JJ") Reynolds announces the act to readmit Texas to Congressional representation. It is his final action as military governor of Texas Texas

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