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August 8, 1846 U. S. President James Polk requests 2 million dollars to purchase land from Mexico following the Mexican-American War. David Wilmot of Pennsylvania attaches the "Wilmot Proviso" to this bill. It passes in the House but is tabled in the Senate. Pennsylvania
  Wilmot Proviso
  Wilmot Proviso [full text]
  Causes of the Civil War
  James Polk
  John A. McClernand
  Stephen A. Douglas
August 8, 1863 Robert E. Lee offers his resignation to Jefferson Davis. Davis refuses the offer.
  Robert E. Lee
  Jefferson Davis
August 8, 1864 Fort Gaines, at the entrance to Mobile Bay, surrenders Alabama
  Battle of Mobile Bay
August 8, 1867 President Andrew Johnson demands the resignation of Edwin Stanton, Secretary of War.
  Andrew Johnson
August 8, 2000 The C. S. S. Hunley is raised from Charleston Harbor South Carolina

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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
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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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