April 24, 1861: Butler offers to put down slave insurrection

Benjamin Butler

A little reminder from the New York Times that the Union didn’t plan to abolish slavery in the existing states. Benjamin Butler would later change his mind about this.


PHILADELPHIA, Wednesday, April 24.
A gentleman has arrived in this city who left Annapolis yesterday. He heard a report there that a negro insurrection had occurred in Anne Arundel Couuty. Gen. BUTLER, of Massachusetts, offered the services of the Eighth (Mass.) Regiment to subdue the insurrection.

Major AMES, of Massachusetts, had left.

The Seventh Regiment of New-York, under Col. LEFFERTS, were at Annapolis on Tuesday afternoon.

Gen. BUTLER was taking measures to have the rails relaid on the Annapolis Road. They had been carefully taken up by the Railroad Company.

No difficulty was apprehended in again opening the road to Washington.

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