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December 17, 1857 The Free-state legislature adds a third option to the Lecompton ratification vote: reject the Lecompton Constitution. This is not on the ballot of Dec. 21 Kansas
  Lecompton Constitution
December 17, 1860 South Carolina Secessionist Convention is called to order. The convention decides unanimously to secede from the United States and appoints a committee to draw up the needed documents. South Carolina
  Confederate Order of Secession
  Edmund Ruffin
December 17, 1862 Battle of Goldsboro Bridge North Carolina
December 17, 1862 Republicans vote to ask for a reconstruction of Lincoln's cabinet. During the meeting, Secretary of State William Seward and his son, the Assistant Secretary of State, resign.
  1862 Cabinet Crisis
  William Seward
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Commonly known as the Goldsboro Expedition, the Union Army in North Carolina under John G. Foster pushes into the state in an attempt to sever railroad supply lines to Virginia. North Carolina
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