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May 23, 1846 Mexico declares war against the United States
  Mexican American War
May 23, 1861 Virginia ratifies the Secessionist Convention referendum by a vote of 132,201 to 37,451 Virginia
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May 23, 1861 John Floyd commissioned a brigadier general in the Confederate States Army
  John Floyd
May 23, 1861 Thomas Jackson strikes the B&O Railroad, capturing 56 locomotives
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May 23, 1862 Battle of Front Royal Virginia
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May 23, 1865 Grand Review of the Army of the Potomac
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In a convention in Baltimore, Maryland, Democrats nominate Lewis Cass for President and William Butler for Vice President Maryland
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