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October 16, 1859 John Brown takes the armory at Harpers Ferry Maryland
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October 16, 1862 Six men, Wilson W. Brown, Daniel Dorsey, Martin Hawkins, William Knight, John Porter, John Wilson, John Wollam and Mark Wood escape from the Fulton County Jail in Atlanta, Georgia. As members of Andrew's Raiders they would all receive the Medal of Honor. Georgia
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October 16, 1862 Major General Ulysses S. Grant is given command of the Department of Tennessee. Sometimes listed as Oct. 17.
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