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Lincoln issues the Emancipation Proclamation, which declares that slaves in the seceded states are now free.
January 1, 1863
November 19, 1863- President Lincoln delivers a two-minute Gettysburg Address.
March 9, 1864- President Lincoln appoints General Grant to command all of the armies of United States. General William T. Sherman succeeds Grant as commander in the west.
November 8, 1964- Lincoln is re-elected as president with Andrew Johnson as Vice President. On April 9, 1865, Gen. Robert E. Lee surrenders his Confederate Army to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at the Appomattox Court House in Virginia. Six days later, President Lincoln dies at 7:22 in the morning and Andrew Johnson assumes the presidency.
April 27, 1865
A boiler explosion devastates the Sultana. Newspaper estimates vary from 1,400 to 1,700 dead. Others later die from their injuries adding to the death toll.
The Thirteenth Amendment is finally ratified and slavery is abolished.
December 6, 1865
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