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March 9, 1832 Abraham Lincoln announces his candidacy for the Illinois House Illinois
  Abraham Lincoln
March 9, 1847 U. S. Marines under the command of Winfield Scott begin the largest amphibious landing in the history of the United States at the time near the Mexican city of Vera Cruz.
  Mexican American War
  Winfield Scott
March 9, 1861 The Coinage Bill is passed by the Confederate Congress, authorizing up to 50 million dollars in Confederate currency to be printed
March 9, 1862 Battle of Hampton Roads

The duel of the ironclads, The Monitor and The Merrimac (CSS Virginia). First use of a turreted gun.
Virginia
  Hampton Roads
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March 9, 1864 Ulysses S. Grant promoted to Lieutenant General and given command of all active United States forces.
  Ulysses S. Grant
  General-in-Chief, U. S. Army

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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
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May 10, 1865
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March 8, 1865
March 10, 1865
Battle of Kinston North Carolina
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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