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5 Fun Facts About January 13 In Virginia History

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1. On January 13, 1865, the bloody Battle of Second Fort Fisher ended in a Union victory. This battle was a crucial moment in the Civil War, as it allowed the Union army to access Wilmington, the last Confederate port open to the world.

2. In 1913, Virginia became the sixth state to ratify the 16th Amendment to the United States Constitution, allowing Congress to levy an income tax. This amendment has had a significant impact on tax policy in the United States, allowing the government to collect taxes based on income.

3. On January 13, 1898, the Virginia House of Delegates passed the "Jim Crow" segregation law, which mandated separate public facilities for whites and people of color. This law, along with similar laws in other states, institutionalized discrimination and segregation in public life for many years.

4. In 1808, Thomas Moore was inaugurated as the 10th governor of Virginia on January 13. Moore was a prominent politician and lawyer who served in the Virginia House of Delegates and the US House of Representatives, as well as being a delegate to the Constitutional Convention of 1787.

5. January 13, 1781, marked the beginning of the Virginia campaign of the Revolutionary War. This campaign was a crucial turning point in the war, as the British army under General Cornwallis was forced to abandon its efforts to conquer Virginia and turned its attention to the Carolinas instead.
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