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John G. Nicolay, A Short Life of Abraham Lincoln, condensed from Nicolay and Hayes' Abraham Lincoln: A History 12 0 Browse Search
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possibility of the kind, and when the Union troops began their movements, Generals Butler in Maryland and Patterson III Pennsylvania, moving toward Harper's Ferry,is tendency created an embarrassment to Union commanders. A few days after General Butler assumed command of the Union troops at Fortress Monroe, the agent of a rebeer the provisions of the fugitive-slave law, three field hands alleged to be in Butler's camp. Butler responded that as Virginia claimed to be a foreign country, theButler responded that as Virginia claimed to be a foreign country, the fugitive-slave law was clearly inoperative, unless the owner would come and take an oath of allegiance to the United States. In connection with this incident, the nthe Union lines replaced by the familiar, significant term contraband. While Butler's happy designation had a more convincing influence on public thought than a vostify the practice of either course. Inter arma silent leges. For the present, Butler was instructed not to surrender such fugitives, but to employ them in suitable
Details of future operations are, for obvious reasons, omitted. The following dispatch is the latest received from General Grant: "City Point, Va., October 2-- 8:30 P. M. "Major-General H. W. Halleck, Chief of Staff: "Generals Butler on the right, on James river, and Meade, southwest of Petersburg, occupy the same position as yesterday. There has been but very little fighting to-day. A few prisoners, however, have been captured. "Last evening General Butler sent tGeneral Butler sent two brigades of infantry, with a little cavalry, within a few hundred yards of the inner line of works east of Richmond, meeting with no resistance. "U. S. Grant, Lieutenant-General." No dispatches have been received for three days from General Sherman; but vigorous measures, which, it is believed, will be successful, have been taken by him to protect his communications from the rebel raiding parties under Wheeler and Forrest. [Signed] Edwin M. Stanton, Secretary of War.