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August 5, 1819 Preston Smith Brooks born, Edgefield District, South Carolina
  Preston S. Brooks
August 5, 1850 James Pearce Plan for the Compromise of 1850 is proposed. Under this plan Texas retains more land and receives $10 million for the land it gives up. It is this plan that is finally adopted in the Compromise Texas
  Compromise of 1850
August 5, 1861 Abraham Lincoln approves a wide variety of bills passed during a special session of Congress including a new issue of bonds, tariff increase and the first direct income and real estate tax.
August 5, 1862 Battle of Baton Rouge

Major General John Breckinridge [CS] lost to Brigadier General Thomas Williams [US]
Louisiana
  John Breckinridge
August 5, 1862 Union forces under Joseph Hooker retake Malvern Hill with only light Confederate resistance. These troops withdraw the next day. Virginia
  Joseph Hooker
August 5, 1863 In a letter to Nathaniel Banks, Abraham Lincoln states 'I am an anti-slavery man' and goes on to state he would never return a "negro" freed under the Emancipation Proclamation to slavery.
  Nathaniel Banks
August 5, 1864 18 Union ships sail past the entrance to Mobile Bay. The C. S. S. Tennessee, prize ironclad of the Confederate Navy awaited the attack. As the U. S. S. Tecumseh sinks Admiral David Farragut orders "Damn the torpedoes, go ahead." His flag vessel Hartford took the lead. The ships destroyed the Confederate fleet Alabama
  Battle of Mobile Bay
  David Farragut

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
  The Civil War
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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