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August 2, 1858 In a straight up or down vote required by the U. S. Congress for admission, the Lecomption Constitution as modified by the English Bill is overwhelmingly defeated. It is so bad that both pro-slave and freestate factions vote against it. The state must approve a different constitution. Kansas
  English Bill
  Lecompton Constitution
  Kansas becomes a state
August 2, 1862 The U. S. Congress passes the first federal income tax, 3% on earnings greater than $800 dollars
August 2, 1863 Following Lee's retreat from Gettysburg, the Army of Northern Virginia and the Army of the Potomac establish lines with Virginia's Rappahannock River between them. Virginia
  Army of the Potomac
  Army of Northern Virginia

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June 15, 1864
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Siege of Petersburg Virginia
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Northern Virginia Campaign - sometimes just called the Virginia Campaign. Virginia
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