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January 4, 1789 Benjamin Lundy born, Hardwick, New Jersey New Jersey
  Benjamin Lundy
January 4, 1854 Committee of Terrortories chairman Stephen Douglas reports the Kansas-Nebraska Act.
  Stephen A. Douglas
  Kansas-Nebraska Act
January 4, 1858 A second ratification vote is held for the Lecompton Constitution. The Free-staters reject the Lecompton Constitution. Kansas
  Lecompton Constitution
January 4, 1861 Alabama troops seize an arsenal near Mobile Alabama
January 4, 1862 Jackson takes Bath (now West Virginia) West Virginia
  Romney Campaign
  Stonewall Jackson
January 4, 1863 Major General McClernand begins to move up the Arkansas River towards Arkansas Post. He orders General Sherman to accompany him, but he has not received authorization for such a movement.
  William Tecumseh Sherman
  John A. McClernand
January 4, 1863 Lincoln and Halleck order Ulysses S. Grant to rescind Special Order 11
  Henry Halleck
  Abraham Lincoln
  Ulysses S. Grant
January 4, 1863 USS Quaker City along with USS Memphis seize the Mercury, a Confederate blockade runner from Charleston on its way to Nassau, Bahamas with turpentine and mail.
January 4, 1867 Ohio ratifies the 14th Amendment Ohio
  14th Amendment
January 4, 1896 Utah becomes the 45th state to enter the United States
  Compromise of 1850

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  Robert E. Lee
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  Army of Northern Virginia
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  Siege of Petersburg
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