150 Years Ago Today

April 22, 1864

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).

April 17, 1864

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.

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