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When The Devil Came Down To Dixie, Ben Butler in New Orleans
Much controversy exists concerning Major General Benjamin F. Butler’s administration in New Orleans during the second year of the Civil War. Some historians have extolled the general as a great humanitarian, while others have vilified him as a brazen opportunist, agreeing with the wealthy of occupied New Orleans who labeled him “Beast” Butler. In this thorough examination of Butler’s career in the Crescent City, Chester G. Hearn reveals that both assessments are right.