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May 3, 1861 General Winfield Scott orders troops to seize Arlington Heights, overlooking Washington D. C. Virginia
  Winfield Scott
  Washington D. C.
May 3, 1863 Nathan Bedford Forrest ends Abel Streight's Raid on Rome, Georgia, in heavy skirmishing at Cedar Bluffs, Alabama. Alabama
Georgia
  Nathan Bedford Forrest
  Raid on Rome, Georgia
May 3, 1863 Second Battle of Fredericksburg

John Sedgwick drives Jubal Early south past the city of Fredericksburg. The following day, as Early prepares to counterattack he finds the city empty. Sedgwick had followed the river west to aid the Army of the Potomac at Chancellorsville
Virginia
  Jubal Anderson Early
  John Sedgwick
  Chancellorsville
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Battle of Salem Church
Battle of Banks Ford

Wilcox's Brigade of Early's Division stops the Union IV Army Corps with a position around rural Salem Church. Sedgwick decided to withdraw to the north when Lee reinforces Wilcox with two divisions and Early moves on Sedgwick's rear.
Virginia
  John Sedgwick
  Jubal Anderson Early
  Chancellorsville
May 3, 1863 Frederick Steele returns to Little Rock, marking the end of the Red River Campaign Arkansas
May 3, 1865 Joseph "Joe" Brown, Governor of Georgia, calls a meeting of the state legislature when word reaches him of Joe Johnston's surrender. Georgia

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Battle of Chancellorsville

General "Fighting Joe" Hooker's Army of the Potomac is defeated by Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia as it crosses the Rappahannock on the way to Richmond

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