american civil war

  1. The Archetype

    "In God We Trust"

    On April 22, 1864, the U.S. Congress passed the Coinage Act of 1864 with the mandate that the inscription In God We Trust be placed on all coins minted as United States currency. These words were placed on American coins at this time due to an increase in religious sentiment during the Civil...
  2. Anomaly

    The First Discovery of Gold in California

    On March 9, 1842, six years before the start of the California Gold Rush, the first documented discovery of gold in California was made at Rancho San Francisco, in an area that is present-day Santa Clarita (not to be confused with present-day San Francisco). The actual documented date for the...
  3. M

    "Stars and Bars"

    On March 4, 1861, the Confederate States of America adopted its first national flag, often referred to as the "Stars and Bars." The design and layout of this first flag was very different from the more familiar "Stainless Banner," which is most commonly recognized as the Confederate flag today...