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To seduce the enemy?s soldiers from their allegiance and encourage them to surrender is of special service, for an adversary is more hurt by desertion than by slaughter.

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1215: Following a revolt by the English nobility against his rule, King John puts his royal seal on the Magna Carta.

1775: George Washington is named Commander in Chief by Congress.

1779: American General Anthony Wayne captures Stony Point, New York.

1863: President Abraham Lincoln put out an emergency call for 100,000 troops from the state militias of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, and West Virginiain to help protect the capital.

1864: The Battle for Petersburg begins.

1866: Prussia attacks Austria.

1877: Henry O. Flipper becomes the first African American to graduate from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

1915: French airmen bomb Karlsruhe.

1917: Great Britain pledges the release of all Irish captured during the Easter Rebellion of 1916.

1917: A German counter attack south east of Ypres is repulsed.