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August 17, 1861 George Thomas appointed brigadier general of volunteers, Army of the Cumberland.
  George Thomas
August 17, 1862 J. E. B. Stuart assumes command of the cavalry of the Army of Northern Virginia
  Army of Northern Virginia
  J. E. B. Stuart
August 17, 1863 In an impressive display of firepower, Federal batteries begin heavy shelling of Confederate positions ringing Charleston Harbor including Fort Sumter. Using Parrott rifled cannon including the 200 pound Swamp Angel, the artillery is deadly accurate and easily breaches Sumter, but no assault is forthcoming. Although the initial attack is the heaviest, Federal assaults continue off and on until September, 1864. South Carolina
  Fort Sumter
  Siege of Charleston
August 17, 1864 General John Bankhead Magruder appointed commander of Confederate forces in Arkansas Arkansas
  John Magruder

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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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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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