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May 22, 1812 HMS Hornet arrives in Washington D. C. with a "last formal notice" from the English government.
  Washington D. C.
  War of 1812
May 22, 1847 Skilled white workers at Tredegar Iron Mill in Richmond, VA, tell Joseph Anderson they intend to strike if slaves are used in puddling operations Virginia
  Richmond, Virginia
May 22, 1848
May 25, 1848
In a convention in Baltimore, Maryland, Democrats nominate Lewis Cass for President and William Butler for Vice President Maryland
  Election of 1848
  Democratic Party
May 22, 1854 Invoking seldom-used Clause 119 of the House Rules, Alexander Stephens outwits the opponents of the Kansas-Nebraska Act in the House and passes the bill after an unfavorable return from committee
  Kansas-Nebraska Act
  Alexander Stephens
May 22, 1855 Kansas hold a supplimentary election for districts where voting on March 30, 1855 was disputed. In the 6 districts, 10 Freesoilers and 3 pro-slavery men were elected Kansas
May 22, 1856 Preston Brooks attacks Charles Sumner in the well of the Senate
  Preston S. Brooks
  Sumner and Brooks
  Charles Sumner
May 22, 1863 Massive Union assaults on Fortress Vicksburg fail Mississippi
  Battle of Vicksburg
  Second Vicksburg Campaign
May 22, 1863 Abraham Lincoln offers command of the Army of the Potomac to Darius Couch. Couch refuses, but recommends George Meade.
  Darius Couch
  George Meade
  Abraham Lincoln
May 22, 1865 Jefferson Davis imprisoned at Fort Monroe
  Jefferson Davis

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Sheridan's Raid on Richmond Virginia
  Sheridans Raid on Richmond
  Richmond, Virginia
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Democrats hold their Presidential nominating convention in Baltimore more than a year before the election Maryland
  Election of 1836
  Democratic Party
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