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Washington Territory in the Civil War – Ben Butler history 8 of 8

One region of the United States that never shares in the Civil War conversation is the Pacific Northwest. Washington State was only a territory when war broke out in April of 1861. Despite three thousand miles distance and a small … Continue reading

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Lincoln’s Evolution on Slavery – Ben Butler history 7 of 8

Abraham Lincoln is remembered today as “The Great Emancipator.” Like many of his day, Lincoln’s own views on slavery were complex and even somewhat incompatible with our knowledge of the 16th president. This is an exploration of Honest Abe’s changing … Continue reading

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Contraband of War – Ben Butler history 6 of 8

About 900 fugitive slaves had made their way to Fort Monroe after news of the contraband declaration had spread. Men, women, and children sought refuge with the Union Army because they believed they would be freed. Those people would not … Continue reading

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Confiscation Acts of 1861 and 1862 – Ben Butler history 5 of 8

In direct response to General Benjamin Butler’s decision at Fort Monroe in May of 1861, Congress passed a law saying any property used expressly for armed insurrection against the Federal government would be captured by Union forces to use as … Continue reading

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Butler and the Fate of Contraband Slaves – Ben Butler history 4 of 8

Benjamin Butler and the Fate of Contraband Slaves Benjamin Butler was the first person to declare escaped and captured slaves coming into Union lines contraband. This meant slaves, that were being used for the southern war effort, were just as … Continue reading

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Who was Ben Butler – Ben Butler history 3 of 8

Who Was Ben Butler? Benjamin Franklin Butler (Nov. 5, 1818 – Jan. 11, 1893) was truthfully more of a civilian and politician than a military man. Born in New Hampshire and raised in Massachusetts, he was a successful lawyer who … Continue reading

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May 1861 – Butler history 2 of 8

May 1861 Political and Military Events – Adapted from The Civil War Almanac, John S. Bowman, ed. May 1st: Union soldiers killed in the April 19th Baltimore Riots are honored at ceremonies in Boston, Massachusetts; In the Nebraska Territory, a … Continue reading

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The Confederate Constitution and Slavery – Butler history 1 of 8

The Confederate Constitution and Slavery Many people in the 19th Century believed that slavery would die out naturally. For most of his own life, President Abraham Lincoln believed the institution would be abandoned without war. To this day, historians still … Continue reading

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Ben Butler

Based upon historical events, the comedy-drama Ben Butler at Burien Actors Theatre is a unique look at a key decision in the Civil War. Performances of this Northwest premiere, written by Richard Strand, run Sept. 29 through Oct. 22. Two … Continue reading

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Ben Butler a little history

Ben Butler (TICKETS) takes place on May 23, 1861. That was just the very first few weeks of the Civil War. In the early days of the war, nobody knew how long the war would last. Most people thought (or … Continue reading

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