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February 18, 1825 With the support of many Northern states, Senator Rufus King of New York introduces a bill calling for the creation of a fund from the sale of public land to carry out gradual emancipation. New York
February 18, 1851 At a hearing in Boston escaped slave Shadrach Minkins is taken from court by free blacks. He eventually showed up in Montreal, Canada, out of the reach of the slave hunters Massachusetts
February 18, 1861 Jefferson Davis is inaugurated "Provisional President of the Confederate States of America" in Montgomery Alabama
  Jefferson Davis
  Convention of Seceding States
February 18, 1861
February 19, 1861
Maryland convenes a secessionist convention in Baltimore to consider its options. The convention ends without a declaration of secession Maryland
  Maryland and Secession
February 18, 1862 The first Congress meets in Richmond, Virginia. Prior to this time, legislative duties had been carried out by secessionist convention Virginia
February 18, 1862 West Virginia Constitutional Convention adopts the first constitution of the state of West Virginia West Virginia
  West Virginia Constitutional Convention
February 18, 1863 A Democrat Convention in Richmond, Kentucky, is broken up by federal authorities because some members were pro-Confederate Kentucky
  Democratic Party
February 18, 1865 Charleston is surrendered South Carolina
February 18, 1870 Texas ratifies the 14th Amendment Texas
  14th Amendment

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Siege of Petersburg Virginia
  Robert E. Lee
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  Army of Northern Virginia
  Ulysses S. Grant
  Siege of Petersburg
April 12, 1861
May 10, 1865
The American Civil War
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Washington Peace Conference (also called Convention or Congress)
  Felix Zollicoffer
  Salmon P. Chase
  John Tyler
  Washington Peace Convention
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