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On May 31, 1861, the Norfolk Argus reported that "Federal troops marched into Hampton."
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"Federal troops marched into Hampton"

Charleston (S.C.) Mercury, June 1, 1861, reprinting two paragraphs from the lost issue of the Norfolk Argus, May 31, 1861.

On Thursday, May 31, 1861, the Norfolk Argus reported, "On Monday the Federal troops marched into Hampton." The Charleston (S.C.) Mercury reprinted the news item on June 1. Troops under the command of Benjamin Franklin Butler, a major general of volunteers, took possession of Hampton and Newport News on May 27–29, 1861. On May 30 the secretary of war of the United States ordered Butler to retain such fugitive slaves and refugees as came within his lines and employ them on the military installations.

Charleston (S.C.) Mercury, June 1, 1861, reprinting two paragraphs from the lost issue of the Norfolk Argus, May 31, 1861.

On Monday the Federal troops marched into Hampton from Fort Monroe, and took exclusive possession of the town of Hampton. The inhabitants were notified to leave, and the buildings are now occupied by Lincoln's troops as barracks.
Of course the people are flying in every direction—compelled reluctantly to leave their property and their homes, at the mercy of a set of unscrupulous rowdies, who will doubtless commit depredations in every part of the beautiful and pleasant village.