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This Day in History
1781: French fleet traps British fleet at Yorktown, VA.

1861: Ulysses Grant assumed command of Federal forces at Cape Girardeau, MI.

1861: Lincoln received news late at night from Secretary of the Navy Welles of Flag Officer Stringham's victory at Hatteras Inlet, in the initial Army- Navy expedition of the war. Coming shortly after the defeat at Bull Run, it electrified the North and greatly raised morale.

1862: Following his brilliant victory at the Second Battle of Bull Run two days earlier, Confederate General Robert E. Lee strikes retreating Union forces at Chantilly, Virginia, and drives them away in the middle of an intense thunderstorm.

1864: With Union General William T. Sherman threatening to cut his only escape route, Confederate General John Bell Hood evacuates Atlanta, Georgia, at the climax of a four-month campaign by Sherman to capture the vital Rebel supply center.

1864: Second day of battle at Jonesboro, Georgia, left some 3,000 casualties.

1864: The Battle of Petersburg, VA. begins.

1866: Manuelito, the last Navaho chief, turned himself in at Fort Wingate, New Mexico.

1918: US troops landed in Vladivostok, Siberia, and stayed until 1920.

1939: German forces bombard Poland on land and from the air, as Adolf Hitler seeks to regain lost territory and ultimately rule Poland.