|Title||Letter describing Contrabands|
|Date||May 29, 1861|
|Description/Scope & Content||Letter from Nathaniel Morton, 3rd Mass. Volunteers, from Fort Monroe, May 29, 1861, to "Friend", describing "events of no ordinary character" that have taken place since writing his last letter; arrival of Gen. Butler and that "now energy is the order of the day"; "desertion" of town of Hampton; fortification of and troop arrivals to the mouth of the James River, Hampton, and Fort Monroe; inaccuracy of newspaper reports on military movements in the area; arrival of slaves "hourly" and presence of more than 100 refugees; opinion of Butler's Contraband doctrine as "the logical way to dispose of these Sons of Africa"; and hopes support for the war will not wane in the north. Letter signed "Your Friend & Whilome school mate, N. Morton".|
Butler, Benjamin F.
|Place Names||District--Fort Monroe|
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