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July 4, 1827 Leonidas Polk graduates from West Point
  Leonidas Polk
July 4, 1831 Date chosen for Nat Turner's rebellion. It was postponed because Turner was sick. Virginia
  Nat Turner and the Slave Revolt
July 4, 1840 Democrat Martin Van Buren signs the Independent Treasury Act into law
  Panic of 1837
  Martin Van Buren
  Democratic Party
July 4, 1850 Following an Independence Day celebration centered around the as yet unfinished Washington Monumnent, Zachary Taylor becomes sick.
  Zachary Taylor
July 4, 1856 Under direct orders from President Franklin Pierce, Edwin Vose Sumner leads 200 infantrymen into Topeka, Kansas, unlimbers his artillery and informs the freestaters they may not hold a convention. Kansas
  Edwin Vose Sumner
  Franklin Pierce
  Bleeding Kansas
July 4, 1857 Sewanee, The University of the South is founded by Leonidas Polk at the top of Lookout Mountain
  Leonidas Polk
July 4, 1859 The Oregon Flag is introduced. It will be the first flag under which U. S. troops enter the Civil War. Oregon
  Flags of the Civil War
July 4, 1861 The Kansas Flag is introduced Kansas
  Flags of the Civil War
July 4, 1861 Leonidas Polk is put in charge of the Confederate Department Number 2.
  Leonidas Polk
July 4, 1862
August 1, 1862
John Hunt Morgan leads a Confederate raid into Kentucky
  John Hunt Morgan
July 4, 1863 Morgan's men run into a contigent of federal troops in Columbus, Kentucky Kentucky
  John Hunt Morgan
July 4, 1863 Ulysses S. Grant accepts the surrender of the second Confederate Army he has defeated, at Vicksburg Mississippi
  Ulysses S. Grant
  Second Vicksburg Campaign
July 4, 1863 The West Virginia flag is introduced. This is the final Union flag of the Civil War West Virginia
  Flags of the Civil War
July 4, 1864 "Retreating Joe" Johnston, as he is now called in the Richmond papers, withdraws to his previously prepared Chattahoochee Line Georgia
July 4, 1864 Battle of Helena Arkansas
July 4, 1868 North Carolina ratifies the 14th Amendment North Carolina
  14th Amendment
July 4, 1868
July 9, 1868
Democrats nominate Horatio Seymour for President and Francis P. Blair Jr. for Vice-president
  Election of 1868
  Democratic Party

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Siege of Petersburg Virginia
  Robert E. Lee
  P. G. T. Beauregard
  Army of Northern Virginia
  Ulysses S. Grant
  Siege of Petersburg
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May 10, 1865
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