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When the Devil Came Down to Dixie: Ben Butler in New Orleans


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ISBN 10: 0807121800 / ISBN 13: 9780807121801
Published by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge, LA, 1997
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Title: When the Devil Came Down to Dixie: Ben ...

Publisher: Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge, LA

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hard Cover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First Edition, First printing

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Addressing the controversy concerning Major General Benjamin F. Butler's administration in New Orleans during the second year of the Civil War, Chester Hearn vividly describes Butler's childhood and his political career before and after the war. Hearn shows Butler to be a fascinating case study of contradictions, a remarkable man with a politician's appetite for wealth and power as well as a sincere empathy for the poor. 32 halftones. 2 maps .


One of the most robust and astonishing characters of the Civil War, Major General Benjamin Butler has long deserved a modern biographer. He finally has a skilled one in Chester G. Hearn, author of The Capture of New Orleans, 1862. Butler headed the federal occupation of New Orleans, where he quickly imposed order on a rebellious city. He also made out like a bandit, diverting an enormous amount of money into his personal coffers. High society scorned him for his infamous "Woman Order," in which he castigated the "women (calling themselves ladies) of New Orleans" for rudeness toward his troops. An international furor erupted over this purported slight to southern womanhood, but history has always appreciated its comic element. "Butler--no matter where he was or what he did--attracted trouble," writes Hearn, who has given us a good rendering of an unforgettable man.

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