Benjamin Franklin Butler

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General Benjamin Franklin Butler was a lawyer who understood loopholes. War materials, considered contraband, or illegal goods, can be rightfully seized if their intended purpose is to be used against the government. Thus, escaped slaves who were put to work in support of the Confederate Army could rightfully be seized, just as if, for example, a rifle or cannon had been captured—articles used in warfare. It’s a stretch, but it’s how General Benjamin Franklin Butler justified refusing to return escaped slaves. Anything to disrupt the Confederate War effort, whether it be man or machine.

More about Benjamin Franklin Butler--unsung hero of emancipaiton. Also, an interesting view on "States Rights."

A research grant to study slavery and the Underground Railroad in Kentucky inspired, "A Promise Moon." I alluded to, or drew inspiration from my findings as I wrote my latest novel which is set during the Civil War.


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