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December 21, 1800 Robert Barnwell Smith is born in Beaufort, SC. He will later become famous as Robert Barnwell Rhett
  Robert Barnwell Rhett
December 21, 1822 As a result of the Denmark Vesey slave revolt, South Carolina passes a law requiring free Negro sailors to be imprisoned while their ships are in Charleston Harbor South Carolina
December 21, 1848 Representative Daniel Gott, a New York Whig, offers a resolution condemning the slave trade in Washington D. C. The resolution passes 98-88.
  Washington D. C.
December 21, 1857 Lecompton Constitution ratification vote. Voters were not voting for the Constitution, rather they were voting for the Constitution with slavery or the Constitution without slavery. With freestaters waiting for the vote on January 4, pro-slavery factions easily carry the vote Kansas
  Kansas becomes a state
  Lecompton Constitution
December 21, 1860 South Carolina representatives withdraw from the U. S. House South Carolina
December 21, 1861 Abraham Lincoln signs a bill creating the Navy Medal of Honor, America's first medal. It is to be presented to sailors or marines who "...distinguish themselves by their gallantry and other seamanlike qualities..."
  Abraham Lincoln
  Civil War Firsts
December 21, 1862 John Hunt Morgan leads a raid against William S. Rosecrans' supply lines in Kentucky
  John Hunt Morgan
December 21, 1862 President Davis visits Vicksburg Mississippi
  First Vicksburg Campaign
  Jefferson Davis
December 21, 1862 Seward resumes his duties as Secretary of State
  1862 Cabinet Crisis
  William Seward
December 21, 1864 Sherman occupies Savannah Georgia
  March to the Sea
  William Tecumseh Sherman

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  Siege of Petersburg
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