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April 8, 1832 James Buchanan leaves New York to become U. S. Foreign Minister to Russia
  James Buchanan
April 8, 1862 Following a disasterous second day at Pittsburg Landing, Confederates withdraw to Corinth, Mississippi Tennessee
  Battle of Shiloh
  Army of Mississippi
April 8, 1864
April 9, 1864
Battle of Sabine Crossroads
Battle of Mansfield

General Richard Taylor [CS] defeats General Nathaniel Banks [US], halting his advance to Shreveport
Louisiana
  Red River Campaign
  Nathaniel Banks
April 8, 1864 By a vote of 38 to 6, the U. S. Senate approves the 13th Amendment and sends it to the states for ratification
  The Emancipation of Slaves
April 8, 1865 Battle of Appomattox Station

Cavalry under Phillip Sheridan strikes the rail depot south of the Appomattox Court House, driving Rebels back and capturing essential supplies
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  Appomattox (or Appomattox Court House)
  Battle of Appomattox
  Philip Sheridan
  George Armstrong Custer

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