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Mark Pennell sits at the helm of his time machine.Mark's Almanac is a 90-second time travel that highlights the world's history from the very serious to the sometimes sublime.

Mark's Almanac for July 30, 2021

 A painting of President Abraham Lincoln.
HERLINE & HENSEL
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LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
A print of President Abraham Lincoln.

It was on this date in 1863 that President Lincoln issued the "Eye-for-Eye" order. The order warned the Confederate government that Union soldiers could shoot a rebel prisoner for every black prisoner shot or would condemn a prisoner to a life of hard labor for every black prisoner sold into slavery.