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July 12, 1836 The printing press used to publish The Philanthropist is destroyed by anti-abolitionists in Cincinnati Ohio
  James Birney
July 12, 1862 Congress authorizes the Medal of Honor for gallantry in action for non-commissioned officers and privates who "...distinguish themselves by their gallantry in action, and other soldierlike qualities...". While the military is almost evenly split on the creation of the medal, politicians are strongly for it
July 12, 1862 John Hunt Morgan [CS] and his raiders seize Lebanon Kentucky
  John Hunt Morgan
July 12, 1862 Abraham Lincoln writes a letter to the Congressmen from the border states, warning them of his upcoming Emancipation Proclaimation. In it he states, "I do not speak of emancipation at once, but of a decision at once to emancipate gradually."
  Emancipation Proclamation
  The Emancipation of Slaves
July 12, 1864 Jubal Early withdraws from Washington D. C.
  Jubal Early's Raid on Washington D. C.
  Washington D. C.

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
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July 29, 1859
The 4th Constitutional Convention, Wyandotte, Kansas Kansas
  Bleeding Kansas
  Kansas becomes a state
July 9, 1863
July 16, 1863
Battle of Jackson Mississippi
  William Tecumseh Sherman
  Joseph E. Johnston
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