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May 15, 1861 Robert Anderson promoted to Brigadier General
  Robert Anderson
May 15, 1861 Nathaniel Lyons [US] occupies Jefferson City, capital of Missouri Missouri
May 15, 1862 Battle of Drewry's Bluff
Battle of Proctor Creek

  Peninsula Campaign
May 15, 1862 Benjamin Butler issues Order Number 28, directing his troops to treat any woman who insults them as they would a woman "plying her advocation (a prostitute)." It was this order that led to his title, the Beast of New Orleans Louisiana
  Benjamin Butler
May 15, 1863 A portion of the Tredegar Iron Works and a nearby flour mill burn. Virginia
  Richmond, Virginia
May 15, 1863 Joe Johnston orders John Pemberton to break out of Grant's tightening noose. Pemberton refuses the order. Mississippi
  Joseph E. Johnston
  Second Vicksburg Campaign
May 15, 1864 Battle of New Market

Major General John Breckinridge [CS], using a ragtag force that included VMI cadets attacked Franz Sigel's [US] line near the north fork of the Shenandoah River. Sigel eventually withdrew to Strasburg.
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  John Breckinridge
May 15, 1867 Nebraska ratifies the 14th Amendment
  14th Amendment

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Battle of Spotsylvania Court House

In an inconclusive battle, General Ulysses S. Grant [US] and Robert E. Lee [CS] battle for days southwest of Fredericksburg

Union 18,399
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  Richard Ewell
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The First Wheeling Convention West Virginia
  First Wheeling Convention
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Battle of Resaca Georgia
  George Thomas
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Sheridan's Raid on Richmond Virginia
  Sheridans Raid on Richmond
  Richmond, Virginia
May 14, 1863
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General Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, and the Confederate Cabinet meet to discuss the "Summer Strategy" for 1863.
  The Gettysburg Campaign
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