150 Years Ago Today

April 19, 1864

Outside Plymouth, North Carolina, the Confederate ironclad CSS Albemarle sinks the USS Southfield and damages the USS Miami.

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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