THOSE CONTRABAND NIGGERS.––At the last accounts upwards of four hundred fugitive slaves had sought the shelter of General Butler's camp, and the cry was "still they come." A general stampede was expected, and indeed a general revolt among the blacks of that populous slave section of the Old Dominion. In this thing General Butler has fired a heavy shot at the "long, low, black, raking schooner" of secession, which has struck her between wind and water. These fugitive slaves, at this rate, will soon prove more powerful in suffocating this Southern white insurrection than all the armies of General Scott. This man, Butler, in this thing, has proved himself the greatest lawyer to have [illegible] between a pair of epaulettes. 


"Those Contraband Niggers," New York (NY) Herald, June 2, 1861, p. 4.

Related Escape / Stampede
Location of Stampede
Coverage Type
Location of Coverage- City
New York
Location of Coverage- State
New York
Contains Stampede Term