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February 15, 1855 Congress approves the rank of Lieutenant General by brevet. It is immediately conferred on Winfield Scott
  Winfield Scott
March 3, 1855 The United States Army creates the First (Edwin Vose Sumner, Joseph E. Johnston) and Second Cavalry (Albert Sidney Johnston, Robert E. Lee).
  Robert E. Lee
  Joseph E. Johnston
  Albert Sidney Johnston
  Edwin Vose Sumner
  Earl Van Dorn
  George Thomas
  William Hardee
March 3, 1855 Franklin Pierce removes Andrew Reeder as territorial governor of Kansas Kansas
March 4, 1855 With the state legislature divided (the northern part of the state was abolitionist while the southern half was pro-slavery) Indiana begins an almost 2 year period without a U. S. Sentator Indiana
March 30, 1855 Kansas elects its first territorial legislature. Pro-slavery Missourians cross the border into Kansas to vote against Freestate candidates Kansas
  Kansas becomes a state
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
June 26, 1855 U. S. Army Ordinance Board recommends the adoption of the .58 caliber 1855 Springfield Rifle and the hollow base MiniƩ Ball (or bullet) to Secretary of War Jefferson Davis. This would be the most common firearm during the Civil War
  1855 Springfield Rifle
July 2, 1855 The Kansas legislature, meeting in Pawnee and controlled by pro-slave forces, expels all "Free-staters" and moves the legislature to Shawnee Mission, near the Missouri state line Kansas
  Kansas becomes a state
August 14, 1855 In response to their explusion by the pro-slavery forces in the Kansas legislature, free-soilers hold a convention in Lawrence. Kansas
September 5, 1855 Free-staters meet in Big Springs, Kansas to elect representatives to a constitutional convention in Topeka Kansas
  Kansas becomes a state
October 23, 1855 Topeka Convention convened Kansas
November 2, 1855 Topeka Constitution adopted by the Free Staters Kansas
  Kansas becomes a state
November 21, 1855
December 4, 1855
Wakarusa War between the Freestaters in Lawrence and proslavery forces surrounding the town
  Bleeding Kansas
December 15, 1855 "Topeka Constitution" is ratified
  Kansas becomes a state

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