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January 16, 1821 John Cabell Breckinridge born, near Lexington Kentucky
  John Breckinridge
January 16, 1854 Kentucky Senator Dixon offers an amendment to the Kansas-Nebraska Act repealing the Missouri Compromise.
  Kansas-Nebraska Act
  Missouri Compromise (Compromise of 1820)
January 16, 1857 George McClellan resigns from the U. S. Army
  George McClellan
January 16, 1861
January 19, 1861
Following two days of debate and a day of hammering out the wording of the secession document, Georgia votes to leave the Union on January 19. Georgia
  Confederate Order of Secession
  Georgia Ordinance of Secession
January 16, 1861 The Crittenden Compromise dies on the floor of the Senate.
  John Crittenden
January 16, 1867 West Virginia ratifies the 14th Amendment West Virginia
  14th Amendment
January 16, 1867 Michigan ratifies the 14th Amendment Michigan
  14th Amendment
January 16, 1867 Minnesota ratifies the 14th Amendment
  14th Amendment

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  Siege of Petersburg
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