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July 13, 1787 Congress (under the Articles of Confederation) enacts the Northwest Ordinance, a plan for governing the territory north and west of the Ohio River. Slavery was banned.
  Northwest Ordinance (Ordinance of 1787) [Full Text]
July 13, 1787 Each of the 12 states represented at the Constitutional Convention votes to approve the new Constitution of the United States.
July 13, 1861 Battle of Corrick's Ford

While directing his rear guard General Robert Garnett is shot and dies minutes later. He is the first general to die during the Civil War
West Virginia
  George McClellan
  Battle of Corrick's Ford
  Civil War Firsts
July 13, 1862 Battle of Murphreesboro Tennessee
  Nathan Bedford Forrest
July 13, 1862 Abraham Lincoln reads a draft of the Emancipation Proclaimation to Secretary of State William Seward and Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles, both strong abolitionists. Seward begins talking about the problems it will cause. Welles sits there dumbfounded
  Emancipation Proclamation
  The Emancipation of Slaves
  William Seward
July 13, 1863 After several days of plundering Indiana, John Hunt Morgan crosses into Ohio
  John Hunt Morgan
July 13, 1863 Battle of Yazoo City Mississippi
July 13, 1863 Battle of Donaldsonville Louisiana
July 13, 1863
July 16, 1863
Draft riots, New York City New York
  New York City draft riots
July 13, 1865 President Andrew Johnson appoints William Marvin provisional governor of Florida Florida
  Andrew Johnson
July 13, 1868 Alabama ratifies the 14th Amendment Alabama
  14th Amendment

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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
The American Civil War
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July 5, 1859
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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