This Day in Black History: July 30, 1863

President Abraham Lincoln issues his famous "eye-for-eye" order, protecting Blacks captured by Confederate troops.

Posted: 07/30/2012 07:00 AM EDT

On July 30, 1863, in an attempt to intimidate the Confederacy during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln issued an Order of Retaliation, often called his "eye-for-eye" order, warning that Union soldiers would shoot one Confederate prisoner for every Black Union prisoner shot and also promised to jail Confederate prisoners for selling Black prisoners into slavery.

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