Volck, Adalbert John (1828-1912) Butler's victim of Fort St. Philip
High-resolution images are available to schools and libraries via subscription to American History, 1493-1943. Check to see if your school or library already has a subscription. Or click here for more information. You may also order a pdf of the image from us here.
Depicts a heavily fortified prison where reputable and well-dressed citizens of New Orleans are shown at manual labor, shackled with ball and chain. The prisoners are guarded by members of the local home guard African American Zouave unit, who point to and mock them. In the distance, General Benjamin Butler escorts two ladies, most likely Unionist locals, through the compound. Federal forces under General Benjamin Butler and Admiral David Farragut captured Fort St. Philip, New Orleans in April 1862. Size in extent is for the mount. The actual size of the etching is 20.2 x 26.7 cm. Title in pencil on verso.
Adalbert John Volck was a dentist, political cartoonist, and a caricaturist who sympathized with the Southern cause. During the Civil War, Volck supported the Confederacy through his satirical political cartoons. He also smuggled drugs and medical supplies for the Confederate army, and served as a personal courier to President Jefferson Davis.
The copyright law of the United States (title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specific conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.” If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.