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May 8, 1827 Leavenworth reports he has established a fort on the Missouri River, the first U. S. fort in present-day Kansas Kansas
May 8, 1840 Democratic National Convention in Baltimore nominates Martin Van Buren for President. Maryland
  Martin Van Buren
  Election of 1840
  Democratic Party
May 8, 1846 Zachary Taylor wins the battle of Palo Alto
  Mexican American War
  Zachary Taylor
May 8, 1860
May 9, 1860
The Constitution Union Party, meeting in Baltimore, creates a platform taken heavily from the U. S. Constitution and selects John Bell of Tennessee for President and Edward Everett of Massachusetts for Vice-President. It represents southern Whigs and Know-nothings (American Party). Sometimes called the Bell-Union Party Maryland
  The Election of 1860
May 8, 1862 Battle of McDowell

Stonewall Jackson defeats Robert Milroy in the Shenandoah Valley
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  Stonewall Jackson
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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May 8, 1871 Treaty of Washington submits claims arising from the sinking of the CSS Alabama to an international tribual in Geneva

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