13 March 1861
On this date in 1861…
U.S. President Lincoln forbade Secretary of State Seward from meeting with the Confederate peace commission.
- 1862 – U.S. Major General Henry Halleck, Commander of the Department of the West, issued his notorious “Order Number Two.” This order labeled all Confederate guerrillas as outlaws and required that they be executed immediately upon capture.
- 1864 – The first group of Navajos finished the “Long Walk” to Fort Sumner on the Bosque Redondo Reservation, in New Mexico. During the march, 13 of the 1,430 who started the trip were kidnapped by Mexicans several others died.
- 1868 – The impeachment trial of U.S. President Andrew Johnson began in the United States Senate.
- 1869 – The Arkansas reconstruction legislature passed an anti-Ku Klux Klan law.
- 1925 – Tennessee passed a law against the teaching of evolution in public schools.
- 1997 – The Phoenix lights were seen over Phoenix, Arizona by hundreds of people, and by millions on television. They are still a hotly-debated UFO controversy.
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