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January 5, 1794 Southern agriculturist, writer and nationalistic leader Edmund Ruffin born, Prince George County, Virginia
  Edmund Ruffin
January 5, 1860 Jefferson Davis comes out in favor of secession for the first time
  Jefferson Davis
January 5, 1861 At the last minute General Winfield Scott substitutes the Star of the West, a New York based merchant marine vessel for the Brooklyn, a heavily armed and reinforced sloop ordered to sail to Fort Sumter to resupply the federal outpost. The Brooklyn, however, is to travel to Fort Sumter with the Star of the West.
  Star of the West
  David Farragut
  Winfield Scott
  Fort Sumter
January 5, 1863 Following two days of off and on skirmishing around Jonesville, Confederates surround the Union force and take 200 prisoners after a pitched battle. Virginia

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  P. G. T. Beauregard
  Army of Northern Virginia
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  Siege of Petersburg
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