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March 2, 1807 Congress bans the importation of slaves beginning January 1, 1808
March 2, 1833 Congress passes the Tariff Act of 1833, sometimes called the Compromise Tariff, proposed by Henry Clay and calling for the gradual reduction of tariffs to the 1816 levels, ending the Nullification Crisis
  Nullification Crisis
  Causes of the Civil War
  Henry Clay
March 2, 1860 Classes begin at the Seminary of Higher Learning at Pineville
  William Tecumseh Sherman
March 2, 1861 The U. S. Congress passes a proposed 13th Amendment stating that the Congress will not abolish or interfer with slavery where it exists. The amendment is never ratified.
  The Emancipation of Slaves
March 2, 1861 Texas Secessionist Convention reconvenes Texas
March 2, 1861 Congress passes the Morrill Tariff Bill.
March 2, 1861 Congress adopts a proposed 13th Amendment, making it illegal to interfer with the "domestic institutions" of the states
  Proposed 13th Amendment
March 2, 1862 Leonidas Polk completes his withdrawal from Columbus. He moves south to New Madrid, Missouri. Kentucky
  Leonidas Polk
March 2, 1863 Congress rejects a call by President Lincoln to adopt a standard railroad gauge of 5 feet and adopts the 4 foot, 8 and one-half inches gauge. It is sometimes called the Congressional gauge.
March 2, 1864 Fitzhugh Lee [CS] traps Ulric Dalhgreen's cavalry following a raid on Richmond, killing Dahlgreen and 109 of his men. Virginia
March 2, 1864 U. S. Senate confirms Ulysses S. Grant as Lieutenant General
  Ulysses S. Grant
March 2, 1865 Battle of Waynesborough

George Armstrong Custer [US] defeats Jubal Early [CS]
Virginia
  George Armstrong Custer
  Jubal Anderson Early
March 2, 1865 Robert E. Lee sends a message to Ulysess S. Grant asking for a conference to "iron out differences" between the North and the South.
  Robert E. Lee
  Ulysses S. Grant
March 2, 1867 Federal army restores military rule to Mississippi (2nd Reconstruction).
March 2, 1867 Congress passes the Tenure of Office Act, denying the right of the President to remove officials who had been appointed with the consent of Congress.
March 2, 1894 Jubal Early dies, Lynchburg, Virginia

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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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February 28, 1862
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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