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ded the latter in the mud, in shallow water. The Pinola rescued her. Two hours afterward an immense fire-raft came roaring down the stream like a tornado, Attack on the forts. and, like its predecessors on similar errands, it was caught, and rendered harmless to the vessels it was intended to destroy. Day after day the bombardment was continued, and night after night the fire-rafts were sent blazing down the stream. Fort Jackson, the principal object of attack, still held out. On the first day of the assault, its citadel was set on fire by Porter's shells and destroyed, with all the clothing and commissary stores, the garrison suffering severely for several hours from the intense heat of the conflagration. On the 19th, the mortar-schooner Maria J. Carleton was sunk by a rifle-shell from Fort Jackson, and, at the same time, the levee having been broken in scores of places by exploding shells, the waters of the Mississippi had flooded the parade-ground and casemates of the fort
May 15th, 1862 AD (search for this): chapter 14
ined to arrest the growing evil at once, and on the 15th of May the town was startled by an order that struck the root of the iniquity, by placing such actors in their appropriate social position. That order The following is a copy of the document known as the Woman order, which the General himself framed from a similar one, and for a similar purpose, which he had read long before in a London newspaper: General order no. 28: Headquarters, Department of the Gulf, New Orleans, May 15, 1862. As the officers and soldiers of the United States have been subject to repeated insults from the women (calling themselves ladies) of New Orleans, in return for the most scrupulous non-interference and courtesy on our part, it is ordered that hereafter, when any female shall, by word, gesture, or movement, insult or show contempt for any officer or soldier of the United States, she shall be regarded and held liable to be treated as a woman of the town plying her avocation. By comm
r. He hastened back to his troops, and took measures for their immediate advance up the river. His transports were brought into the Mississippi, and these, bearing two thousand armed men, appeared off the levee in front of New Orleans on the first of May. The General and his staff, his wife, and fourteen hundred troops, were on the same vessel (Mississippi) in which they left Hampton Roads sixty-five days before. Preparations were made for landing forthwith. In his order for the movement, h, public or private, in the city; the absence of officers and soldiers from their stations without arms or alone; and held the commanders of regiments and companies responsible for the execution of the orders. At four o'clock in the afternoon May 1. the debarkation of a part of the troops at the city commenced, while others were sent over to occupy Algiers, opposite New Orleans. A company of the Thirty-first Massachusetts was the first to land. These were followed by the remainder of the
to the amount of four millions of dollars, was sent out of the city by railway; the consulates were crowded with foreigners depositing Twiggs's House. this was the appearance of Twiggs's residence when the writer visited it, in the spring of 1866. it was a large brick House, at the junction of camp and magazine streets, and was then used by General Canby, the commander of the Department, as the quarters of his paymaster. their money and other valuables for safety from the impending storack was not allowed to come; and that terrible scourge has not appeared in New Orleans since General Butler made it clean, and taught the inhabitants to keep it so. Residents there declared to the author, when he visited that city in the spring of 1866, that gratitude for incalculable blessings should prompt the inhabitants to erect a statue of General Butler in one of the public squares, in testimony of their appreciation of a real benefactor. General Butler organized plans for the alleviati
February 2nd, 1862 AD (search for this): chapter 14
ebellious spirit of citizens, 349. Butler's famous woman order its effects, 350. a traitor hung Butler's administration, 351. effect of the capture of New Orleans, 352. Ship Island was the place of rendezvous for the naval as well as the land portion of the forces destined for the capture of New Orleans. The naval force was placed under the command of Captain David G. Farragut, a loyal Tennesseean, who sailed from Hampton Roads in the National armed steamer Hartford, on the 2d of February, 1862, and arrived in the harbor of Ship Island on the 20th of the same month, having been detained by sickness at Key West. He had been instructed by the Secretary of the Navy Jan. 20, 1862. to proceed with all possible dispatch to the Gulf of Mexico, with orders for Flag-officer McKean, on duty there, to transfer to the former the command of the Western Gulf squadron. He was informed that a fleet of bomb-vessels, under Commander David D. Porter (with whose father Farragut had cruised i
May 9th, 1862 AD (search for this): chapter 14
t a statue of General Butler in one of the public squares, in testimony of their appreciation of a real benefactor. General Butler organized plans for the alleviation of the distress among the inhabitants, and invited the civil authorities to unite with him in the merciful work. But they were deaf to the voice of righteousness. Withholding relief from their starving fellow-citizens, they sent provisions to the camps of the insurgents who had fled from the city. See Butler's Order, May 9, 1862. In every possible way attempts were made to thwart the orders and wishes of General Butler while he was feeding the starving poor by thousands, and was working day and night to revive and restore the business of the city, that its wonted prosperity might return. Among his troops there was perfect order. No man had been injured, and no woman had been treated with the least disrespect. But the corrupt Mayor was surly and insolent. The newspapers were barely restrained from seditious te
the St. Charles. Parton's Butler in New Orleans, page 285. Within twenty-four hours after this occurrence, the temper of the people and that of General Butler were mutually understood; and his proclamation, which was not issued until the 6th of May, was a rule for all loyal or disloyal citizens. It had been read at the conference at the St. Charles just mentioned, when Soule declared that it would give great offense, and that the people, who were not conquered, and could not be expected , that must not be resisted. Sensible men also perceived that he was a power fraught with much good for the city, which had been ruled for years by vicious politicians of the Monroe school. For seven years past. said the True Delta, on the 6th of May, in commenting on Butler's proclamation the world knows that this city, in all its departments — judicial, legislative, and executive — had been at the absolute disposal of the most godless, brutal, ignorant, and ruthless ruffianism the world h
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