Upwards of 150 slaves have sought protection at Fortress Monroe, and been set at work by Gen. Butler. One man, a Mr. Jones, had twenty slaves, all but one of whom left him, and sought refuge in the fort. This last chattel appeared devoted affectionately to ole massa, and declared he loved him. “I’ll nebber leab yer, massa – nebber!” swore this chattel, a very promising sable; “I’ll stick to my ole massa ‘longs I lib’ and man and master left together for the interior. Next morning, when massa rose to proceed on his journey, his devoted property had decamped for the North, taking with him mass’s horse, and neither Cufee nor horse have since been heard from.
(Liberator, June 14, 1861, pg 3)