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December 20, 1783 Virginia cedes its claim on western land to the United States
December 20, 1860 South Carolina's convention officially approves the Ordinance of Secession South Carolina
  Confederate Order of Secession
  South Carolina Ordinance of Secession
December 20, 1860 Governor Francis Pickens of South Carolina demands President Buchanan relinquish control of Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie. South Carolina
  James Buchanan
December 20, 1860 Governor Francis W. Pickens takes office South Carolina
December 20, 1860 Edwin Stanton becomes Attorney-General in the Buchanan Administration
  Edwin Stanton
December 20, 1860 Secretary of War John Floyd orders 113 columbiad cannon and 11 32-pounders from the Pittsburgh arsenal to Ship Island, Mississippi, and Galveston.
  John Floyd
December 20, 1861 The Select Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War is seated.
  Andrew Johnson
  Committee on the Conduct of the War
December 20, 1861 Battle of Dranesville Virginia
  J. E. B. Stuart
  Edward O. C. Ord
  Samuel Garland
  Battle of Dranesville
December 20, 1862 General Earl Van Dorn [CS] strikes a federal supply depot at Holly Springs capturing 1500 prisoners and destroying 1.5 million dollars of military supplies Mississippi
  Earl Van Dorn
  First Vicksburg Campaign
December 20, 1862 U. S. 15th Corps under William Tecumseh Sherman boards transports at Memphis to sail down the Mississippi to Chickasaw Bayou. Ulysses S. Grant called off a supporting campaign over land because of continued Rebel raids Tennessee
  First Vicksburg Campaign
  William Tecumseh Sherman
December 20, 1862 Salmon Chase offers his resignation. Lincoln rejects both Seward's and Chase's resignations.
  1862 Cabinet Crisis
  Salmon P. Chase
  William Seward
December 20, 1866 On the 6th anniversary of secession, South Carolina rejects the 14th Amendment South Carolina
  14th Amendment
December 20, 1869 President Grant appoints Edwin Stanton a justice of the Supreme Court.
  Edwin Stanton
  Ulysses S. Grant

Ongoing on this day:
June 15, 1864
April 2, 1865
Siege of Petersburg Virginia
  Robert E. Lee
  P. G. T. Beauregard
  Army of Northern Virginia
  Ulysses S. Grant
  Siege of Petersburg
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May 10, 1865
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December 20, 1862
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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