Genl Butler holding the mob in check at New Orleans
Benjamin Franklin Butler, Civil War Union army Major General, stands on the portico of a marble building with the American flag waving overhead. With a stern expression and arms folded, he appears before a mob of angry, violent men clenching their fists and brandishing weapons.
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Reinhart completed several images of the Civil War for Harpers Weekly in 1896.
Signed, lower left: Reinhart Del; lower center: W.L Williams / Art. T.
Title inscribed below image.
Bequest and gift; Caroline and Erwin Swann; 1974; (DLC/PP-1974:232.1246)
In early 1862 Butler was appointed commander of the Union troops that occupied New Orleans. He ruled the territory with an iron hand, invoking the hatred of Southerners and earning the nickname "Beast Butler."
Forms part of: Caroline and Erwin Swann collection of caricature and cartoon (Library of Congress).