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March 17, 1777 Roger B. Taney is born, Calvert County, Maryland
  Roger B. Taney
March 17, 1862 Ulysses S. Grant assumes command of the forces at Pittsburg Landing.
  Ulysses S. Grant
  Battle of Shiloh
March 17, 1862 George McClellan begins transporting his men to Fort Monroe for the Peninsula Campaign Virginia
  George McClellan
  Peninsula Campaign
March 17, 1862 Major General Lew Wallace and his division stop at Crump's Landing to destroy the tracks of the Mobile and Ohio Railroad. Tennessee
  Battle of Shiloh
  Lew Wallace
  Lew Wallace at Shiloh
March 17, 1863 William Bensinger, Robert Buffum, Elihu H. Mason, Jacob Parrott, William Pittenger and William H. Reddick are exchanged for Confederate soldiers from the prisoner-of-war camp at City Point, Virginia. Among the first Medal of Honor winners, these men were members of Andrews Raiders
  The Great Locomotive Chase
March 17, 1863 Battle of Kelly's Ford.

Federal cavalry under William Woods Averall crossed the ford of the Rappahannock River then ran into a Rebel line. After brief but heavy fighting, the Yankees withdrew that afternoon. Major John "The Gallant" Pelham [CS] was killed in this battle. He would posthumously be promoted to Lt. Colonel.
Virginia
March 17, 1864 William Tecumseh Sherman, meeting with Grant in Nashville, is promoted to Military Division of the Mississippi commanding the Department of the Ohio, Department of the Tennessee, Department of the Cumberland and the Department of the Arkansas. Major General James McPherson is promoted to Sherman's old position, commander of the Army of the Tennessee Tennessee
  William Tecumseh Sherman
  Ulysses S. Grant
  James McPherson
  Army of the Tennessee

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
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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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