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September 18, 1850 Fugitive Slave Act is passed by Congress
  Compromise of 1850
September 18, 1858 Fourth Lincoln-Douglas debate, Charleston, Illinois Illinois
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September 18, 1863 Rosecrans [US] orders Thomas north on Layfayette Road in an attempt to outflank Bragg's forces. Georgia
  Battle of Chickamauga
September 18, 1873 Philadelphia railroad brokers Jay Cooke and Co. declare bankruptcy, precipitating the Panic of 1873.

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Siege of Petersburg Virginia
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Battle of Lexington

Sterling Price, with 18,000 men, lays siege to Lexington, Missouri, with a federal force of 3.600 under Colonel James Mulligan. After fighting intensified on September 19, Mulligan surrendered on the 20th.
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