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March 6, 1857 Supreme Court hands down the ruling in the Dred Scott case.
  Roger B. Taney
  Causes of the Civil War
  Dred Scott decision
March 6, 1862
March 8, 1862
Battle of Pea Ridge [US]
Battle of Elkhorn Tavern [CS]
Arkansas
  Earl Van Dorn
  Sterling Price
March 6, 1862 Abraham Lincoln proposes that slaves in the border states be emancipated gradually, with compensation to the owners
  Abraham Lincoln
March 6, 1862 The Monitor, the first Union ironclad, departs from New York
March 6, 1862 Barnwell Rhett proposes a yellow sun in a blue shield with a ray for each state. It would eliminate the stars and the red, white, and blue combinations of the Yankee flag South Carolina
  Robert Barnwell Rhett
  Flags of the Civil War
March 6, 1867 General Philip Sheridan assumes command of the 5th Military district encompassing Louisiana and Texas. He designates New Orleans as his headquarters.

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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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