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January 11, 1812 The Giles Bill is signed into law. It increases the sized of the Army and Navy to 25,000 men.
  War of 1812
January 11, 1832 During a regular session of the Virginia legislature, a two week debate began on the abolition of slavery. Pro-abolition forces suffered because they could not agree on a plan for gradual abolition
January 11, 1861 Alabama secedes from the Union Alabama
  Confederate Order of Secession
  Alabama Ordinance of Secession
January 11, 1861 South Carolina demands the surrender of Fort Sumter. Major Anderson refuses. South Carolina
  Fort Sumter
  Robert Anderson
January 11, 1861 Federal soldiers seize buildings in St. Louis to prevent them from falling into Rebel hands Missouri
January 11, 1862 Simon Cameron resigns as Secretary of War
January 11, 1864 The 13th Amendment (ending slavery) to the Constitution is proposed by Senator John B. Henderson of Missouri. Missouri
  The Emancipation of Slaves
January 11, 1867 Kansas ratifies the 14th Amendment Kansas
  14th Amendment
January 11, 1893 Benjamin Butler dies, Washington, D. C.
  Benjamin Butler

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
April 12, 1861
May 10, 1865
The American Civil War
  The Civil War
January 10, 1863
January 11, 1863
Battle of Arkansas Post
Battle of Fort Hindman

General John McClernand [US] defeats Brigadier General T. J. Churchill [CS] at Fort Hindman or Arkansas Post. Defending the outpost on the Arkansas River, 5,000 Confederates are surrounded by a force of 50,000 Union troops, and a U. S. Naval squadron under the command of Admiral David Porter. The Navy silenced the Confederate artillery and McClernand attacked, gaining the outer walls. The Confederates then surrendered.
Arkansas
  John A. McClernand
  First Vicksburg Campaign
  William Tecumseh Sherman
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