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Benjamin Butler Civil War Encyclopedia >> People - Union Military
November 5, 1818 Benjamin Butler born, Deerfield, New Hampshire
May 12, 1861 Benjamin Butler takes control of Federal Hill and threatens to fire on downtown Baltimore if Southern sympathizers protest.
May 24, 1861 Benjamin Butler uses the term "contraband" to describe slaves who have crossed into the Northern camps
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August 7, 1861 John Bankhead Magruder burns the village of Hampton, near Fort Monroe. General Benjamin Butler had been planning to use it to house "contraband." (Butler's word for slaves)
May 1, 1862 Infantry under Benjamin Butler [US] begin entering the city of New Orleans
Battle of New Orleans
May 15, 1862 Benjamin Butler issues Order Number 28, directing his troops to treat any woman who insults them as they would a woman "plying her advocation (a prostitute)." It was this order that led to his title, the Beast of New Orleans
June 7, 1862 Benjamin Butler has William Mumford executed for tearing down the U. S. flag from the Mint in New Orleans.
August 22, 1862 General Benjamin Butler [US] authorizes the enlistment of "free Negroes"
November 8, 1862 Benjamin Butler [US] is relieved of duty in New Orleans because of his total disregard of the civilian population. Nathaniel Banks is chosen to replace him. Butler closes all breweries and distilleries to retaliate against civilians
November 11, 1863 Benjamin Butler [US] returns to active duty, commanding the Department of Virginia and North Carolina
May 5, 1864 Army of the James under General Benjamin Butler [US] lands at Bermuda Hundred and City Point, east of Petersburg. The Army is comprised of two corps totaling nearly 40,000 men.
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January 11, 1893 Benjamin Butler dies, Washington, D. C.