June 15, 1864: Congress granted equal pay for all black soldiers.
Prior to Congress stepping in, even though black soldiers proved themselves as reputable soldiers, discrimination in pay and other areas remained widespread.
According to the Militia Act of 1862, soldiers of African descent were to receive $10.00 a month, with an optional deduction for clothing at $3.00. In contrast, white privates received sixteen dollars per month plus a clothing allowance of $3.50.
Many regiments struggled for equal pay, some refusing any money before June 15, 1864.
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