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January 15, 1815 Henry Wager Halleck born, Oneida County, New York
  Henry Halleck
January 15, 1857 Massachusetts holds a state disunion convention called by Thomas Higginson, Frank Bird, and Thomas Earle claiming that "...the Union was a failure as being a hopeless attempt to unite under one government two antagonistic systems of society which diverge more widely every year." Massachusetts
January 15, 1861 Albert Sidney Johnston assumes command of the Department of the Pacific. California
  Albert Sidney Johnston
January 15, 1862 Edwin Stanton becomes Secretary of War following the resignation of Simon Cameron
  Edwin Stanton
January 15, 1867 Illinois ratifies the 14th Amendment Illinois
  14th Amendment
January 15, 1868 Ohio rescinds its ratification of the 14th Amendment when the Peace Democrats gain control of the legislature. The Federal government refuses to recognize the action and counts Ohio as for ratification Ohio
  14th Amendment
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Siege of Petersburg Virginia
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Attack on Fort Fisher

Admiral David Porter attacks the Conderate fort on Cape Fear with the largest fleet ever assembled to that time. General Alfred Terry lands an amphibious force which captures the fort
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