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Benjamin Franklin Butler

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Born in Deerfield, New Hampshire, Butler served in both houses of the Massachusetts state legislature before being assigned to the Massachusetts Volunteers as a brigadier general in April 1861. Later as Commander of the Department of Virginia, Butler became infamous for a declaration that labeled escaped slaves as “contraband,” who were “subject to seizure and employment by the military.” He was instrumental in the naval capture of New Orleans, and became hated in that city for his treatment of citizens and property. Butler resigned from the army 30 November 1865, and was elected to Congress in 1866, where he served five terms. He died in Washington, D.C.0000.054

Topics: Generals--United States--Portraits; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Portraits; Butler, Benjamin Franklin, 1818-1893
Publisher: Indiana Historical Society
Year: 1860
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