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.