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August 21, 1850 The short-lived Southern National party is formed in Macon, Georgia, by Barnwell Rhett, William Lowndes Yancy and others. Georgia
  Robert Barnwell Rhett
August 21, 1858 First of seven Lincoln-Douglas debates Illinois
  Stephen A. Douglas
  Abraham Lincoln
August 21, 1861 Second Wheeling Convention adjourns
  Second Wheeling Convention
August 21, 1862 Braxton Bragg crosses the Tennessee River at Chattanooga. Tennessee
  Confederate Invasion of Kentucky
  Army of Mississippi
August 21, 1863 The Confederate Navy attempts to attack the USS New Ironsides with a torpedo from the four-man vessel the CSS David. The attack is ineffective
  USS New Ironsides
August 21, 1863 Quantrill's Raiders, now numbering more 400, attack Lawrence, Kansas, killing every male they could find who was old enough to carry a gun (a total of 183 men). One they missed was U. S. Senator James H. Lane, who hid in a cornfield in his nightshirt. Quantrill's men burned the town following the raid Kansas
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August 21, 1864 Forrest liberates Memphis

Almost 2,000 Confederates occupied Memphis for a few hours during the day, nearly capturing Major Generals Stephen Hurlbut and C. C. Washburn. The raid forced troops operating in the area to withdraw to Memphis, giving Forrest free reign to raid William Tecumseh Sherman's supply lines
Tennessee
  Nathan Bedford Forrest

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
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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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