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August 6, 1832 Abraham Lincoln is defeated in a run for the Illinois House Illinois
  Abraham Lincoln
August 6, 1846 Second Independent Treasury Act signed into law by James Polk
  James Polk
August 6, 1850 Millard Fillmore, in a message to Congress, urges the payment of Texas for abandoning her claims to a portion of New Mexico.
  Compromise of 1850
  Millard Fillmore
August 6, 1861 First Confiscation Act or The Confiscation Act of 1861 allows federals to seize property used in the insurrection, essentially freeing slaves forced to participate in the Confederate war effort.
August 6, 1861 Second Session of the Second Wheeling Convention is called to order West Virginia
  Second Wheeling Convention
August 6, 1861 Lt. Bull Nelson of the U. S. Navy is ordered to build a camp where Kentucky residents can train for service in the Kentucky militia. Nelson names the camp for the owner of the property in Garrard County, Captain Dick Robinson Kentucky
  William 'Bull' Nelson
August 6, 1862 Battle of Kirksville Missouri
August 6, 1862 Union Brigadier General Robert McCook, ill and riding in an ambulance, is attacked by Confederate raiders between Athens, AL and Descherd, TN. He dies from his wounds.
  Generals Who Died In the Civil War

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June 15, 1864
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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
April 12, 1861
May 10, 1865
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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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