Statistics for occurrence #1 of “Gen. Butler” in chapter 188 of Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 2.:
...ginated by a balloon exploration.
About 700 of our men, under the command of Capt. Phillips, had gone in the direction of the town, on a search for contraband negroes.
The balloonist reported to Gen. Butler that 10,000 men were marching upon Hampton, and in consequence of the report the town was hastily ordered to be evacuated.
Two sections of the bridge were torn up by the retreating party.
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