\x34Historically Yours\x34 by Liz Davis is a blog about American historical trivia--anything American since 1492.
April 16, 1862
April 16 is a legal holiday in our nation's capital. On April 16, 1862, President Lincoln signed the Conpensated Emancipation Act. Slaves weren't "freed" per se, they were "bought" by the federal government so slave owners wouldn't suffer any financial lose.