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December 31, 1862: Butler in New Orleans

The Registered Enemies taking the oath of allegiance in New Orleans Richmond Daily Dispatch reports the latest depredations by “Beast” Butler in occupied New Orleans. The charges boil down to a) closing the Episcopal churches for disloyalty, which he definitely … Continue reading

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December 23, 1862: Vicksburg expedition over?

Grant’s supply lines were in a shambles, and he had no telegraph communications. He reports that he can’t continue the land campaign toward Vicksburg. Rumor has it Butler’s taken it from the river, though Grant doesn’t seem convinced. In any … Continue reading

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November 19, 1862: Not much yellow fever this year

The New York Times points out that, while “Beast” Butler’s efforts cleaning up New Orleans may have helped, it was a good year for yellow fever anyway. THE YELLOW FEVER.–The late frosts which … — The late frosts which have … Continue reading

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August 22, 1862: Butler swears in the New Orleans Native Guard

New Orleans was unique in the south for its affluent free black population. When secession came, free black New Orleanians formed The Louisiana Native Guard much as other state militias had been formed. However, when state militias were absorbed into … Continue reading

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July 10, 1862: Bypassing Vicksburg? And was Curtis captured?

Given the apparent impossibility of taking Vicksburg by a gunboat attack alone, the Union generals took another approach; it was thought that a canal could be cut across the tight bend in the Mississippi opposite Vicksburg. This would leave Vicksburg … Continue reading

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May 31, 1862: No quarter for “Beast” Butler!

The Richmond Daily Dispatch ran a brief but fervent editorial comment on Benjamin Butler — his infamous Order No. 28 was continuing to bear propaganda fruit for the Confederacy. No Quarter to Picayune Butler! –Let this be the sworn resolve … Continue reading

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May 27, 1862: Yellow fever not as bad as expected

As we’ve seen, the threat of yellow fever was touted repeatedly by Southerners as the likely nemesis of the Yankee invaders to New Orleans. It was even suggested that bringing in large numbers of “unacclimated” Yankees would prompt an epidemic … Continue reading

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May 24, 1862: “a panderer to lust and a desecrator of virtue”

Thomas O. Moore **************************************** Ben Butler’s infamous orders no. 28 was decried throughout the south. The confederate governor of Louisiana, Thomas Overton Moore, made good use of Butler’s orders for propaganda purposes. PROCLAMATION. EXECUTIVE OFFICE, Opelousas, La., May 24, 1862. … Continue reading

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May 16, 1862: Butler bans Confederate money

Confederate $100 bill. Butler ordered banks to stop using Confederate money in New Orleans. Must have caused some consternation to people with a lot of it, as it doesn’t appear there was any compensation for them. GENERAL ORDERS, HDQRS. DEPARTMENT … Continue reading

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May 15, 1862: “…plying her avocation.”

As we have seen earlier, Ben Butler was not well-loved in the confederacy to begin with. He and his troops reported continual insults and abuse from the women of New Orleans (although the Richmond Dispatch denies they could be so … Continue reading

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