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May possibly 24, 1861. Hand-colored lithograph by means of Currier & Ives, 1861. deepest Brownell, at left, is proven avenging Ellsworth’s dying by way of killing James Jackson. The [Fort] Monroe Doctrine. Lithograph, 1861. nearly once basic Benjamin Butler declared escaped slaves to be contraband of battle, therefore to not be again to their Southern masters, an unknown cartoonist drew this crude caricature—part of a wave of exposure that made “contrabands” the preferred designation for those that had effectively fled from accomplice slavery. might 24, 1861: in the course of an in a single day stream of U. S. troops around the Potomac River to safe positions at the Virginia facet, rushing younger Union colonel Elmer Ellsworth, a pal and previous legislations clerk of Abraham Lincoln, is shot lifeless via James Jackson whereas elimination a secessionist flag from Marshall condo, Jackson’s Alexandria, Virginia, resort. (One of Ellsworth’s males, deepest Francis E. Brownell, instantly kills Jackson. ) a favored determine whose military-drill staff, the U. S. Zouave Cadets, was once well known earlier than the battle, and whose newly raised regiment, the recent York fireplace Zouaves, is turning into both celebrated, Ellsworth is the 1st famous casualty of the Civil warfare, and his demise spreads grief in the course of the North. sixty eight Farther south in Virginia, at fortress Monroe, Union normal Benjamin Butler refuses to come 3 runaway slaves to their grasp, a accomplice colonel, calling the slaves “contraband of conflict. ” The designation takes carry during the North; millions of “contrabands” will input Union strains in the course of the war—not with out stirring controversy. “What lets do with the slaves which could fall into our fingers via the fortunes of the struggle, who to the South are chattels—to the North people? ” the recent York occasions asks every week after Butler’s announcement. “We could have one hundred thousand slaves on our fingers ahead of the questions raised are solved. ”69 In Illinois, Ulysses S. furnish, excited about organizing the Illinois kingdom military (see April 25, 1861), writes U. S. military adjutant common Lorenzo Thomas: “I have the honour, very respectfully, to gentle my companies, until eventually the shut of the war…I may say, in view of my current age and size of provider, i believe myself useful to command a regiment, if the President, in his judgment, should still see healthy to intrust [sic] one to me. ” he'll obtain no reply—nor will his next makes an attempt to work out division of the Ohio commander George B. McClellan yield any higher effects. 70 may well 25, 1861: At 2:00 am, Union troops arrest John Merryman at his domestic outdoors Baltimore, Maryland. A farmer, accomplice sympathizer, and lieutenant within the Maryland nation military, he's recognized to have obstructed passage of Union troops via Baltimore via burning bridges and sabotaging railroads. The troops confine him in castle McHenry—without accommodation any formal fees. seventy one a brand new Orleans paper, the Bee, reviews that seven Union vessels have to this point been introduced into port there as warfare “prizes. ” Captured by way of the armed accomplice privateer steamships Calhoun, track, and Ivy, the prizes are worthy an predicted $170,000.

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