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May 16, 1860
May 18, 1860
Republican Convention is held in Chicago, Illinois. William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase and Abraham Lincoln of Illinois are the leading contenders from a field of 12 candidates. Lincoln wins on the third ballot. Hannibal Hamlin of Maine, an outspoken, long-time abolitionist is chosen for vice-president. Illinois
  The Election of 1860
  Salmon P. Chase
  1860 Republican Convention
  Abraham Lincoln
  William Seward
  Republican Party
May 16, 1863 Battle of Champion Hill

Pemberton agrees to attack the federal line with Johnston. The focal point of the attack, Champion Hill, will change hands three times, but the Confederate forces fail to meet. Pemberton withdraws to Vicksburg
Mississippi
  Second Vicksburg Campaign
  Joseph E. Johnston
  Second Vicksburg Campaign
May 16, 1863 Judge H. H. Leavitt denies a motion for habeas corpus in the Vallandigham case Ohio
  Clement Vallandigham
May 16, 1868 The Senate votes 35 guilty, 19 not guilty in the impeachment of Andrew Johnson. It is one vote shy of the necessary 2/3rds majority.
  Andrew Johnson

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May 8, 1864
May 19, 1864
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
Confederate 9,000
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  Robert E. Lee
  Ulysses S. Grant
  Bloodiest Civil War battles
  Army of Northern Virginia
  Overland Campaign
  Richard Ewell
May 9, 1864
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Sheridan's Raid on Richmond Virginia
  Sheridans Raid on Richmond
  Richmond, Virginia
May 14, 1863
May 18, 1863
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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