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March 16, 1818 Missouri's petition for statehood is presented to the U. S. House. It is not considered before the end of the session. Missouri
  Missouri Compromise (Compromise of 1820)
March 16, 1861 Confederate provisional congress creates the Confederate Marine Corps. It never numbers more than 600 members and its records are destroyed on purposed near the end of the war
March 16, 1861 Edwin Vose Sumner promoted to Brigadier General and given command of the Department of the Pacific, replacing Albert Sidney Johnston
  Edwin Vose Sumner
March 16, 1863 Ulysses S. Grant ends his Yazoo Pass expedition, but orders William Tecumseh Sherman to try Steele's Bayou again.
  William Tecumseh Sherman
  Second Vicksburg Campaign
March 16, 1864 Sterling Price takes command of the Confederate District of Arkansas Arkansas
  Sterling Price
March 16, 1864 Nathan Bedford Forrest begins a raid into West Tennessee and Kentucky Kentucky
Tennessee
  Nathan Bedford Forrest
March 16, 1865 Battle of Averasborough (Taylor's Hole)

William Hardee tries to halt the federal advance near this small town. Slocum easily turned his flank.
North Carolina
  Lafayette McLaws
  William Hardee
March 16, 1868 Iowa ratifies the 14th Amendment Iowa
  14th Amendment

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April 2, 1865
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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May 10, 1865
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April 8, 1862
The Battle of New Madrid / Island No. 10

After withdrawing from New Madrid Confederates control Island No. 10, blocking shipping on the Mississippi. Over 5,000 Confederate soldiers on the island surrender to Major General John Pope on April 8.
  John Pope
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