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August 4, 1834 Abraham Lincoln elected to the Illinois House Illinois
  Abraham Lincoln
August 4, 1858 First trans-Atlantic telegraph cable completed by USS Niagara and British ship Agamemnon
  Telegraph
August 4, 1862 Ambrose Burnsides [US] arrives at Aquia Creek. As they arrive his men are sent forward to join John Pope [US]
  John Pope
  Ambrose Burnside

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Siege of Petersburg Virginia
  Robert E. Lee
  P. G. T. Beauregard
  Army of Northern Virginia
  Ulysses S. Grant
  Siege of Petersburg
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The American Civil War
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  David Farragut
  Gordon Granger
  Battle of Mobile Bay
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Northern Virginia Campaign - sometimes just called the Virginia Campaign. Virginia
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