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Pinkerton, p. 47. 34 Six Days in April Massachusetts soldiers in the riot of April 19,; then, in a few hours, changing sides and calling for reinforcements to fight Massachusetts soldiers. These were three strong, complex men that the untested new president, Abraham Lincoln, had to deal with to put the Civil War on a winning course for the Union. *** Now we look at Benjamin Franklin Butler, one of the most complex and intriguing figures of the war. BENJAMIN F. ” From quite modest origins came one of the most controversial figures in the Civil War, Benjamin Butler.

Hanson, p. 31. 99. The Baltimore Sun, April 20, 1861. 100. Dennis, p. 28. 101. The Baltimore Sun, April 20, 1861. 48 Six Days in April and tenderly sent forward by express to me. 102 As it steamed toward Washington, a trim, petite lady, with dark brown hair pulled back into a bun, hurried with her sister along the streets of Washington to the Baltimore and Ohio railroad station. Word of a riot in Baltimore had just come to Washington by telegraph and had spread among the public. A former teacher in Massachusetts, she was worried that some of her old students, now in the Massachusetts Sixth Regiment, may have been hurt in that riot.

85 The days leading up to this Friday were frantic. The Monday before Abraham Lincoln had issued a proclamation asking the states 85. Butler, Autobiography, p. 220. 40 Six Days in April for 75,000 soldiers to rush to Washington. Massachusetts was the first state to put soldiers on a train. The Massachusetts Sixth Regiment left Boston yesterday, Thursday, for the long train ride to the capital. Mr. Lincoln, in the Executive Mansion on Pennsylvania Avenue this Friday morning, waited for the arrival of those Massachusetts troops.

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