What was Lincoln’s “eye for an eye” order issued during the Civil War?

Lincoln’s “eye for an eye” order was an order issued in 1863 during the Civil War that the Union would shoot a Confederate prisoner for every black Union prisoner shot.

It would also condemn a Confederate prisoner to hard labor for life for every black prisoner sold into slavery.

The order was meant to deter Confederates from murdering or enslaving captured black soldiers.

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