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|Of the border states Maryland was the one that was, I'd say, almost always assured of being put under martial law simply because of DC. Especially after Virginia seceded. Even if Butler had not put Baltimore under martial law I would expect someone else would have still done so. It's unlikely that the Lincoln Administration would have allowed DC to be surrounded by enemy territory or even abandon the city. So while I do agree that he gets credit for keeping the state in the Union, I believe that Lincoln would have found someone else to do so had Butler not initiated that.
But I do agree about his position as a field commander. I can only think of two places where he could be claimed to be victorious. Forts Hatteras and Clark and the Fall of New Orleans. But as I pointed out earlier, I'd question if those are his victories because they were joint Army-Navy operations