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August 19, 1846 Zachary Taylor begins a move toward Monterrey
  Mexican American War
  Zachary Taylor
August 19, 1861 Henry Halleck promoted to Major General
  Henry Halleck
August 19, 1863 300 men under the command of William Quantrill, popularly known as Quantrill's Raiders, leave Blackwater Creek, Missouri heading for Lawrence, Kansas Kansas
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August 19, 1864 President Lincoln meets with Frederick Douglass for a second time. He asks for Douglass's assistance in moving slaves north in case the war is unsuccessful
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Siege of Petersburg Virginia
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Northern Virginia Campaign - sometimes just called the Virginia Campaign. Virginia
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August 19, 1864
Battle of the Weldon Railroad

After gaining the railroad, 5th Corps commander G. K. Warren [US] spread out over a mile of track, then turned north towards Petersburg, but the didn't get far before Henry Heth's [CS] Confederates stopped them. A counterattack by A. P. Hill the next day contained Warren's advances, but in the end federal troops still controlled the railroad
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