The last Chapter of Butler's rule in New Orleans.
An interesting article describing the departure of Butler
from New Orleans, and the last scenes of his rule there, appears in the Jackson Mississippian
We copy a portion of it.
were a coat of mall, which was clearly discernible under his clothes, and extended to his hips.
In his office two revolvers lay continually on his desk, which he often handled, to impress or intimidate.
Until a the entire population had been disarmed, he never appeared on the streets except in a carriage, with three orderly sergeants and surrounded by a troop of horsemen, all armed to the teeth.
As he lay stretched back on the cushions his glances were as cruel, restless, and suspicious as a tiger cat's. His behavior was full of ostentation and bravado.
His manners showed him to have been bred in a vulgar station, and no glitter of authority could impress the beholder that he was aught but a parvenue
and a pretender.
A silk banner was presented last November, by the colored people, to a negro regiment stationed on the Gentility road, in the rear of the city.--Every day a furniture car, wagon and other conveyance was employed from early morning to carry down crowds of jubilant Ethiopians of both sexes to the camp.
Songs in honor of John Brown
, Massa Butler, and Uncle
rung upon the air from the throats of those who used so melodiously to swell the boa men's chorus upon the Mississippi
In the evening General Butler
, with his numerous and splendid Staff, rode down to officiate at the presentation.
He made a long and incendiary speech, urging the blacks to redeem them salves from the taunts of their masters that they would never stand the smell of powder and the gleam of bayonets.
, commending the regiment, replied in extravagant terms; but the only thing he said worth mentioning was, that one negro as a soldier, was, any day, worth five white men. He doubtless deduced his comparison from himself and his fellow-soldiers, and was therefore justified in his assertion.
This Stafford, before the war, was a New York detective.
He is a blackguard, and of the Bowgry — an Israelite from his ments, and "mine " to the maguammous Butler
The lamented Duceon
once spurned him like a dog, but he slunk away and reported to Butler
, who "approved his course" in not resenting the insult.
Another of Butler
's pats is "Colonel
" Jonas H. French
, while Provost-Marshal- General
but degraded by Banks
to be a police officer in New Orleans — a place which he accepted rather than join the army at Baton Rouge
In the first named office this man committed unparalleled extortions and outrages.
Although entitled to nothing but his pay as a Captain on staff, his profits were from one to two thousand dollars per day. When Banks Arrived to supersede Butler
he directed his staff officers to make inquiries, in a quiet way, Among the citizens, and was soon convinced that the stories about French were less than exaggerated.
," who is by trade a soap , and is a showy looking fellow, is the leader of the Yankee ton. Banks
's advent caused great excitement among the official thieves.
" remarked to a crowd of them who came to advise with him, "By G--, gentlemen, this thing has gone too far. I hear that my name, even, has been mixed up in it." During Butler
's reign French had three carriage, with a span of bloods for each, four buggies, and several saddle horses.
He is now reduced to locomotion.
Every fine residence in New Orleans is occupied by Yankees.
The house of Mr. Surget
, on Rampart street, has been the headquarters of Brigadier-General Arnold
, who, while laboring under a surfeit of Mr. Surget
's wines, had the city cars passing in front, to travel at a snail's pace, that all might know that his highness was calling.
The paintings and furniture have all been sent away, and the cellar emptied.
's horse, close by, is the barracks of the 12th Maine. Mr. J. P. Harrison
's is now inhabited by Banks
and his family, and Sheppard Brown
's by Gov. Shepley
A beautiful house on Prytenia street, above Jackson street was taken by some officers of the line, who, on being called to the field, left their paramours in possession, and the house is now a common brothel.--George Eustia
's, Judge East's and scores of other private dwellings, have undergone the same pollution.
seized the house of Dr. Campbell
for his family, appropriated the sumptuous Furniture and plate, and had a lieutenant and two privates sent to Fort Jackson
with ball and chain for two years for stealing two of his silver spoons, marked with Dr. Campbell
A poor Irish woman far advanced in pregnancy, was heard by one of Butler
's innumerable spies to say that the priest had told her under no circumstances to take the oath, she was dragged before the General
; who flew into one of his paroxysms, heaped upon her the foulest epithets, and directed an orderly to confine her in a dark room on bread and water until she divulged the name of her adviser.
This she refused to do, and she was probably released by Banks
The most disgusting and characteristic act of the hyena's career (more revolting even than his causing the tomb of Gen. Albert Sydney Johnston
to be burst open, and his coffin searched for gold
) was the affair of Phillips
This lady is the wife of a gentlemen in Alabama
, who was formerly M. C. from that State, and law partner of the Hon. Reverdy Johnson
She was standing on her balcony adjoining, when the funeral of a Lieutenant, killed while marauding near Baton Rouges, passed along the street.
Being observed by an officer to smile at some remark, she was forthwith reported to the commander-in-chief
, who had her arrested and brought before him on the charge of indecently rejoicing at the Yankee
He offered her the alternative of the oath and a public apology, or solitary confinement at Ship Island
She refused the apology and the perjury, and was subsequently sent down to the island.
About the same time a man named Keller
, who keeps an old , labelled the skull of a Mexican, which had been left in pawn by a medical student, with the word "Chickahominy
," and planed it in his show window.
For this grave offence he, also, was condemned to Ship Island
, and the general order
published on the subject stated that he should "he allowed no communication, verbal or otherwise, with any person on the Island
, except with Mrs. Phillips
, who is a man of family, was induced to believe this was the notorious Mallida Phillips
, a congress, as well known in New York, Boston
, and San Francisco
, as in New Orleans, begged this part of the order to be rescinded Accordingly, another general order
was promulgated, abrogating "so much of general order
No.--as authorized the said Keller
to hold communication with Mrs. Phillips
." Such was Gen. Butler
's subterfuge striking at the good name of a virtuous wife and good mother, to relieve himself of the odium attached to his unmanly conduct. "Are there no bolts in heaven, save what serve for the thunder?"
There is great disaffection among the soldiers and sailors in Louisiana
A gunboat Lieutenant
told the writer that three hundred Massachusetts
soldiers had been sent to New Orleans from Ship Island
for mutiny and beating the blacks, and that one hundred and thirty resignations had occurred among the officers of the flotilla, (his own among them) but had been refused, and the parties classed as . After said the cause was Lincoln
Credat Judeus Apella sun ego.
It was the retributive late or the Harreit Line and the Hatteras
, and the frowning batteries at Vicksburg
and Port Hudson
, which cooled their warlike ardor.
Let our heroes yet a little while Breast the tide of invasion as they have breasted it during the past two years, and Uncle Abraham himself will sympathize with the South
in a few months.
The 25th and 27th Massachusetts are disaffected, and threaten to lay down their arms when called into the field, and the sailors of the Hartford
, the Pensacola
, and the gunboats are arrested in scores for vociferating through the streets that they "won't fight for the bloody neger."