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May 4, 1858 James Buchanan signs the English Bill
  Kansas becomes a state
  English Bill
  James Buchanan
May 4, 1864 The final Spring Campaign of the Civil War began as the Army of the Potomac crossed the Rapidan River in Virginia and three smaller armys (Ohio, Tennessee and Cumberland) pushed deeper into Georgia. Georgia
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  Army of the Cumberland
  Army of the Tennessee
  Army of the Ohio
May 4, 1864 The radical Wade-Davis Reconstruction Act passes in the U. S. House.
May 4, 1865 General Richard Taylor [CS] surrenders the remaining troops in Alabama and Mississippi based on an agreement signed two days earlier Mississippi
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May 4, 1885 General Irvin McDowell dies, San Francisco, California
  Irvin McDowell

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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

Union: 17,268

Confederate: 12,821
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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.
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