The Whitehall Ledger - Serving Southern Jefferson County in the Great State of Montana


This Month in Montana History: April


April 26, 2023

Photo courtesy RAE BRUCE

April 12th 1864, 159 years ago: The American Civil War begins. Montana would not become a territory until three years later and played little role in the Civil War itself. Despite this, several Montanans enlisted in Union regiments during this time, and a company of "Galvanized Yankees," primarily made up of former prisoners of war, were stationed at Fort Benton.

April 1st 1873, 150 years ago: The Coinage Act is enacted, ending silver standard dollars and causing a crash in the silver industry. This crash led to many of Jefferson County's mining operations to close or reduce staff and capac...

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