Benjamin F. Butler 2|
Matthew Brady photo
military staff in New Orleans 3|
Col. French standing third from right
Butler's personal courage and strategic thinking contributed decisively to the retention of Maryland within the Union, hence the safety of the District of Columbia. However he proved to be much less successful in combat maneuvers. He was appointed military administrator of New Orleans after Union Admiral Farragut sailed victoriously up the Mississippi River in 1862. General Butler effectively managed the restoration of essential functions in the city. But his manner of bringing order to the hostile population left a bad taste among the residents that still permeates media articles of today.
When local women insulted occupying forces in the streets of New Orleans General Butler declared that any future incidents would result in the ladies' incarceration as prostitutes. He appointed Col. Jonas French provost marshal of the city. Butler praised French's effectiveness: "To his energy and ability the quiet and good order of the populace of New Orleans may be largely ascribed." 3
|"Bluebeard of New Orleans" 4|
|The Butler summer residence, Bay View 4|
Cape Ann Granite
Company works c. 1870. 5|
The Butler 'Homestead' surmounts the hill behind the wharf.
and silent partner in the Cape Ann Granite Company 5