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Catalog Number 2000.10.3
Title Letter describing Contrabands
Collection General Collection
Object Type Letter
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".
People Morton, Nathaniel
Butler, Benjamin F.
Topics Contrabands/Freedpeople
Slavery/Slaves
Civil War
Place Names District--Fort Monroe
Media/Interactives
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