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May 12, 1828 Nat Turner has a vision which he inteprets as God telling him to lead an uprising of slaves
  Nat Turner and the Slave Revolt
May 12, 1850 Fugitive slave Shadrach Minkins arrives in Boston Massachusetts
May 12, 1861 Benjamin Butler takes control of Federal Hill and threatens to fire on downtown Baltimore if Southern sympathizers protest. Maryland
  Benjamin Butler
May 12, 1863 Battle of Raymond

A Confederate brigade under John Gregg attacks a Union division under Major General John Logan in the town of Raymond, between Vicksburg and Jackson.
Mississippi
  Second Vicksburg Campaign
May 12, 1865
May 13, 1865
The last significant fighting of the Civil War takes place at the Palmito Ranch along the Rio Grande between Col. Theodore Barrett and John S. "RIP" Ford Texas
May 12, 1865 8 conspirators in the Lincoln assasination plead not guilty to the military court holding the trial
May 12, 1865 Major General O. O. Howard is appointed by President Andrew Johnson to become head of the Freedman's Bureau

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Battle of Spotsylvania Court House

In an inconclusive battle, General Ulysses S. Grant [US] and Robert E. Lee [CS] battle for days southwest of Fredericksburg

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