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April 17, 1850 Committee of Thirteen agree on the the border of Texas as part of the Compromise of 1850. It will later be revised Texas
  Compromise of 1850
April 17, 1850 During the debate over the Compromise of 1850 in the U. S. Senate, Vice-president Millard Fillmore called Thomas Hart Benton out of order. The exchange became so heated that Benton was nearly shot by Compromise floor leader Henry Foote of Mississippi
  Compromise of 1850
  Millard Fillmore
April 17, 1861 Virgina Secession Convention approves the wording of a referendum of secession and calls for a popular vote to approve it. Virginia
  Confederate Order of Secession
  Virginia Ordinance of Secession
  Virginia Secession Convention
April 17, 1861 Star of the West is taken by militia aboard the Confederate Army steamer General Rusk off the coast of Texas. Texas
  Star of the West
April 17, 1863 Col. Benjamin Grierson [US] leaves La Grange, Tennessee at the head of a 1,700 man cavalry column heading towards Mississippi to raid the state. Mississippi
April 17, 1863 Brigadier General John Marmaduke [CS] leaves Arkansas and enters Missouri on a raid Missouri
April 17, 1864 Ulysses S. Grant ends prisoner exchanges with the South. He felt the practice was '...prolonging the conflict"
  Ulysses S. Grant
April 17, 1864 Bread riot in Savannah Georgia

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