The furor that erupted over Benjamin Butler’s “Woman Order” was not the first stir, or even the most significant stir caused by the general from Massachusetts. A year earlier, he made a decision that, in effect, freed thousands of slaves long before the Emancipation Proclamation.
2015 Grant Cycle
Due to the FY 15 state budget deficit of approximately $329M, the FY15 Grant Cycle for Civil War Memorials is suspended indefinitely.
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