M. Butler) 还拥有许多财富。两天之内，巴特勒将他名下的所有人力都以拍卖的方式售出，将所得款项拿来偿还他的债务。这是美国有史以来最大的奴隶拍卖会，这也背后人称之为「落泪时光」 (The
Weeping Time) 。
In spite of having inherited two plantations, Pierce M. Butler owed a great deal of money. Over two days, Butler auctioned off the human portion of his property to help pay off his debts. It was the largest sale of slaves on record in the United States, and it was referred to as "The Weeping Time."
The 436 men, women, children, and infants, all of whom had been born on his plantations, were brought to a racetrack in Savannah, Georgia, and put in the stalls used for horses. There they waited, some for days, others for weeks, for the auction to begin on March 3, 1859.