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August 16, 1841 President Tyler vetoes a bill creating a National Bank. Fellow Whigs "riot" in front of the White House following the veto.
  John Tyler
August 16, 1856 Battle of Fort Titus Kansas
  Bleeding Kansas
August 16, 1862 Carter Stevenson [CS] appears at the entrance to the Cumberland Gap in eastern Tennessee. Kentucky
Tennessee
  E. Kirby Smith
  Confederate Invasion of Kentucky
August 16, 1862 George McClellan completes the evacuation of Harrison's Landing, ending the Peninsula Campaign. His men land at Aquia Creek, VA and Alexandria, VA, within the week, but most are reassigned to John Pope's Army of Virginia
  Peninsula Campaign
  John Pope
  George McClellan
August 16, 1862 Don Carlos Buell orders William "Bull" Nelson to assume command of federal forces in Kentucky. Kentucky
  Confederate Invasion of Kentucky
  Don Carlos Buell
  William 'Bull' Nelson
August 16, 1862 Brigadier General Charles Stone is released from prison in New York.

Ongoing on this day:
June 15, 1864
April 2, 1865
Siege of Petersburg Virginia
  Robert E. Lee
  P. G. T. Beauregard
  Army of Northern Virginia
  Ulysses S. Grant
  Siege of Petersburg
April 12, 1861
May 10, 1865
The American Civil War
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August 3, 1864
August 23, 1864
Battle of Mobile Bay Alabama
  David Farragut
  Gordon Granger
  Battle of Mobile Bay
July 16, 1862
September 1, 1862
Northern Virginia Campaign - sometimes just called the Virginia Campaign. Virginia
  Northern Virginia Campaign
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