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June 2, 1856
June 6, 1856
Democratic Convention - After 14 ballots, sitting President Franklin Pierce withdraws his name from nomination. Stephen Douglas withdraws at the end of the 16th ballot. James Buchanan is nominated by acclamation Maryland
  Stephen A. Douglas
  Election of 1856
  James Buchanan
  Franklin Pierce
  Democratic Party
June 2, 1856 Battle of Blackjack, near Baldwin in Douglas County Kansas
  Bleeding Kansas
June 2, 1856 A committee of the House of Representatives recommends Rep. Brooks be expelled and Rep. Laurence Keitt be censured for the attack on Sen. Charles Sumner. Although the resolution fails, both men resign
  Preston S. Brooks
  Sumner and Brooks
June 2, 1862 James Andrews escapes Swims Jail, Chattanooga. He is recaptured the next day
  The Great Locomotive Chase
June 2, 1864 Ordered to pursue and destroy General Nathan Bedford Forrest, General John Sturgis leaves Memphis with a force of 8,100 men Tennessee
  Brice's Crossroads
June 2, 1865 The last Confederate surrender in the Trans-Mississippi Theater

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May 10, 1865
The American Civil War
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May 26, 1863
July 4, 1863
Siege of Vicksburg

Date of the start of siege varies from May 18 - May 26.
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  Ulysses S. Grant
  William Tecumseh Sherman
  John A. McClernand
  James McPherson
May 27, 1863
July 9, 1863
Siege of Port Hudson

After attempting to storm the walls of Port Hudson, Nathaniel Banks digs in for a siege.
Louisiana
  Nathaniel Banks
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