Union victory at the Battle of Cane River Crossing.
The Coinage Act of 1864 was passed, which first allowed the phrase “In God We Trust” to appear on certain coins (1¢ and 2¢ coins).
As the Red River Campaign deteriorates, Union Major General Nathaniel Banks begins withdrawing from Grand Ecore to Alexandria, Louisiana.
After a three-day assault, Confederate forces under Major General Robert Hoke capture Plymouth, North Carolina.
Outside Plymouth, North Carolina, the Confederate ironclad CSS Albemarle sinks the USS Southfield and damages the USS Miami.
At the Battle of Poison Spring, Confederate forces under Brigadier Generals John S. Marmaduke and Samuel B. Maxey surprise a party of Union soldiers under Colonel James M. Williams, forcing them to retreat without their supplies.
In the aftermath of the Fort Pillow massacre on April 12, Lieutenant General Ulysses Grant orders Major General Benjamin Butler, who was negotiating prisoner exchanges with the Confederacy, to demand that black prisoners had to be treated identical to whites, a demand that was later rejected.
I’m aware I haven’t had a lot of “150 Years Ago Today” posts of late. I’m going to have new 150 Years Ago Today posts starting tomorrow. Enjoy!
“The Address,” a 90-minute documentary by Ken Burns, airs this week on PBS. Check your local listings, but many stations should have it Tuesday (tonight) at 9:00 pm. The show tells the story of a school in Putney, Vermont, where each year students memorize and recite the Gettysburg Address. For more information, see http://www.pbs.org/kenburns/the-address/home/.