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May 24, 1844 Samuel F. B. Morse taps the message "What hath God wrought?" into his telegraph, sending it from Washington to Baltimore over wires.
  Telegraph
  Washington D. C.
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Pottawatomie Massacre - John Brown kills five pro-slavers along this Kansas Creek Kansas
  Bleeding Kansas
  John Brown
May 24, 1861 Federal forces occupy Alexandria Virginia
May 24, 1861 Sterling Price refuses to disband his troops Missouri
  Sterling Price
May 24, 1861 Col. Elmer Ephraim Ellsworth of the 11th New York Fire Zouaves is killed in the Marshall House Inn in Alexandria, Virginia, after he and his men removed a Confederate flag. He is generally regarded as the first officer killed while on duty in the American Civil War. New York
  Civil War Firsts
  Encounter at the Marshall House
May 24, 1861 Benjamin Butler uses the term "contraband" to describe slaves who have crossed into the Northern camps
  Benjamin Butler
  contraband
  Civil War Firsts
May 24, 1865 Grand Review of Sherman's Army
  William Tecumseh Sherman

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Sheridan's Raid on Richmond Virginia
  Sheridans Raid on Richmond
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In a convention in Baltimore, Maryland, Democrats nominate Lewis Cass for President and William Butler for Vice President Maryland
  Election of 1848
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