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April 19, 1861 Southern sympathizers in Baltimore cut telegraph lines and bridges to Washington, D. C. While passing through the city, the 6th Massachusetts Regiment is attacked. They open fire on a crowd. When the dust settles, three soldiers and one civilian were dead, the first casualties during fighting in the Civil War.
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April 19, 1861 Surprising most people, Lincoln calls for a blockade of Southern ports, a major element of Winfield Scott's Anaconda Plan
April 19, 1861 Virginia forces take control of Harpers Ferry
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April 19, 1861 Federal marshals seize records of telegraphs sent from major northern cities, leading to the arrest of southern sympathizers.
April 19, 1862 The Joint Committee on Flag and Seal backs the flag proposed earlier by Barnwell Rhett. The Confederate House eventually tables the design.
Robert Barnwell Rhett
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April 19, 1863 The Nebraska Territory enabling act, the first step in statehood, is signed into law.
April 19, 1865 The nation mourns U. S. President Abraham Lincoln at his funeral in Washington, D. C.
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