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January 10, 1869 [circa] At Fort Cobb, in response to Comanche Chief Toch-a-way's remark "Me good Indian," Phil Sheridan replies, "The only good Indian is a dead Indian."
February 15, 1869 Charges of treason against Jefferson Davis are dropped, based on the general amnesty granted by President Johnson on Christmas
February 15, 1869 Indictments against eighteen general officers of the Confederacy and nineteen other persons were dismissed.
March 4, 1869 Ulysses S. Grant inaugurated President of the United States
April 10, 1869 The U. S. Congress passes
An Act authorizing the Submission of the Constitutions of Virginia, Mississippi, and Texas to a Vote of the People, and authorizing the Election of State Officers, provided by the said Constitutions, and Members of Congress.
Mississippi Texas Virginia
April 10, 1869 Georgia, Mississippi, Texas, and Virginia are required to ratify the 15th amendment
Virginia Texas Mississippi Georgia
July 15, 1869 President Grant issues
Presidential Proclamation Submitting the Texas Constitution to the Voters
Ulysses S. Grant
September 24, 1869 Black Friday. Rampant speculation in the gold market is countered by the sale of U. S. gold. The price falls dramatically, resulting in panic in the financial markets.
October 8, 1869 Virgina ratifies the 14th Amendment
November 29, 1869 "Surrender House" (Wilmer McLean house) at Appomattox sold at auction
Appomattox (or Appomattox Court House)
December 20, 1869 President Grant appoints Edwin Stanton a justice of the Supreme Court.
Ulysses S. Grant
December 24, 1869 Edwin M. Stanton dies, Washington, D. C.