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An eye for an eye...Ft. Pillow aftermath

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Fort_Pillow

Abraham Lincoln was so enraged at what happened that he put an order into place to respond proportionately....if union troops were massacred, regardless of skin pigmentation, an equal number of confederate POW's would be executed also. 

Lincoln may have been a tyrant, but he understood the precepts of the old testament and did not try to over ride human nature.