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Hellcat-

  I would regard General Benjamin Butler's performance as a commander in the field as: "Abysmal." But, as you said, his: "Talents" lay elsewhere.

  From the Union standpoint, one additional thing that General Butler might deserve: "Credit" for is helping to ensure that Maryland did not secede from the Union. (Loyalties in the state were divided). In May of 1861 (The month after the riots in Baltimore), General Butler threatened the city of Baltimore with destruction. He soon occupied the city and declared martial law.

  The mayor of Baltimore, city council members, and other politicians were arrested and sent to be imprisoned at Ft. McHenry. (They were held for varied lengths of time). From the beginning of hostilities, Mr. Lincoln's policy toward Maryland was well stated by General Nathaniel Banks, who said: "The secessionist leaders- the enemies of the people- were replaced and loyal men were assigned to their duties. That made Maryland a loyal state." From that point on, these: "Loyal men" ran the state government and could suppress any dissent.
Baltimore in the Civil War :: Baltimore.org

  A few days after prominent citizens of Baltimore was arrested, so was a militia captain named John Merryman. A writ of habeas corpus was written. It was ignored, but that is another story.

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