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July 8, 1777 Vermont bans slavery in its constitution. It is the first state to do so. Vermont
  Constitution of the State of Vermont
  Civil War Firsts
July 8, 1856 Grand jury indicts Preston Brooks for the assault on Charles Sumner. He pleads guilty and pays a $300 fine
  Preston S. Brooks
  Sumner and Brooks
July 8, 1862 Abraham Lincoln visits with George McClellan at Harrison's Landing Virginia
  Abraham Lincoln
  George McClellan
July 8, 1863
July 9, 1863
After crossing the Ohio River on captured steamboats, Morgan and his men loot Mauckport and Corydon Indiana
  John Hunt Morgan
July 8, 1863 Port Hudson is surrendered, giving the Union control of the Mississippi Mississippi
July 8, 1864 Army of the Ohio under General John Schofield [US] crosses the Chattahoochee River at Sope (Soap) Creek Georgia
July 8, 1865 John T. Ford agrees to lease Ford's Theater to the War Department
  Ford's Theater

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June 15, 1864
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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
The American Civil War
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July 29, 1859
The 4th Constitutional Convention, Wyandotte, Kansas Kansas
  Bleeding Kansas
  Kansas becomes a state
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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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