The first Federal joint army-navy expedition of the war sets out to close one of North Carolina’s busiest ports.
Simon Cameron clarifies the Lincoln administration’s policy regarding fugitive slaves escaping into Federal military lines.
General Benjamin F. Butler pushes the Lincoln administration to set a firm policy regarding fugitive slaves behind Federal lines.
The Confederacy wins the first land battle on Virginia’s Peninsula and stops a Federal drive toward Yorktown and Richmond.
Benjamin F. Butler causes another controversy, this time by refusing to return fugitive slaves to their masters. This sets a wartime precedent.
Benjamin Butler oversteps his authority and sends his Federal troops to seize the troublesome city of Baltimore.