January 1: President Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, freeing slaves in areas in rebellion against the United States
January 4: Jewish emissaries, including Cesar Kaskel, persuade President Lincoln to revoke General Orders No. 11
July 1-3: Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, turns the tide in the war
July 31: Washington Hebrew Congregation dedicates first building, at 8th and I Streets, NW
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