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Butler, Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin) (1818-1893) Proclamation

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00171 Author/Creator: Butler, Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin) (1818-1893) Place Written: New Orleans, Louisiana Type: Broadsides Date: 1 May 1862 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Institutes "the administration of Law Martial" in New Orleans, two days after it was surrendered to the Union. Terms include respect for the United States flag, punishment for aiding Confederates, harsh treatment for crimes against Federal, prohibition of public gatherings. "The armies of the United States came here not to destroy but to make good, to restore order out of chaos, and the government of laws in place of the passions of men." Same text as GLC04081.

People: Butler, Benjamin Franklin, 1818-1893.

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Civil War, Union Forces, Union General, Military History, Confederate States of America, Military Law, American Flag, Criminals and Outlaws

Sub Era: The American Civil War