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December 9, 1814 The Senate passes a bill for the creation of the Second Bank of the United States. It is defeated in the House by a single vote
December 9, 1857 Breaking with the Democrats, Stephen Douglas announces he is against the Lecompton Constitution Kansas
  Stephen A. Douglas
  Lecompton Constitution
  Democratic Party
December 9, 1861 Clement Vallandigham sends a resolution to Abraham Lincoln, asking for "all proclamations, or orders... relating to the pending contest" Ohio
  Clement Vallandigham
  Abraham Lincoln
December 9, 1863
December 14, 1863
Battle of Bean's Station

Federal forces probe Longstreet's lines near his winter camp. After several days of heavy skirmishing, Longstreet struck the Union line on Dec. 14, driving Brigadier General James Shackleford back about 1.5 miles before he made a stand. Union forces withdrew that evening.
Tennessee
  Siege of Knoxville
  James Longstreet
December 9, 1863 Ambrose Burnside is relieved of command (Department of the Ohio).
  Ambrose Burnside
December 9, 1863 Unhappy with proposals from the mint director, Salmon Chase recommends the words "In God We Trust" be added to the design of the new one, two and three-penny coins.
  In God We Trust
December 9, 1875 Secretary of the Treasury Benhamin H. Bristow breaks the Whiskey Ring. Businessmen and IRS officials used whiskey tax in Grant's reelection campaign.
  Ulysses S. Grant

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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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