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Franklin Butler THE PONCHATOULA TIMES AUGUST 11,1983 PAGE ELEVEN E SOUTH CALLED HIM BEAST . B, Bernard Vincent McMahon E !detailed description of mystique, par- the Civil War era, I "Southern Worn- Myth," by (American Heritage 83-90, December reached Eng- Women Order there until he pointed out coPied it word-for-word 2e. in and distributed levied on the rich: used to clean and canals and for plague of yellow the mosquitoes lellow fever was h it was still spread the disease. reopened and U.S. Army supplies out to the populace program intro- Was cleared of Con- and Vicksburg was Baton by Co. in high casualties Particularly high rank- and malaria weak- ies. Short of soldiers Irish immigrants Abandoned plan- with free slaves again. Father Mullen, Butler for rufus- niGh soldier. "Is that &apos;sked. The priest re- is all wrong; nothing would give than to bury you marshal (M.P.) who wo'uld in%e-sti- gate the charges and inflict punish- ment if it were found to be warranted. Although some planters, including Loyalists, refused to hire negroes unless they could be whipped at their employers' will, Butler did not modify this provision of the labor contract. He felt that he had no right to send negroes "back to be scourged by their former, and in some cases, infuriated masters. On August 24, 1862 Butler orga- nized the first regiment of the Free Colored Brigade. three regiments of infantry and a battery of artfllary. After the war he said, "Better sol- diers never shouldered a musket. They were intelligent, obedient. highly appreciative of their position. and fully maintained its dignity" Early in the war the governor of Louisiana had raised one or more regimenis of free negroes, known as the Louisiana Native Guard to help defend New' Orleans. Butler located some of the former members and asked them if they would be willing to serve the federal government as soldiers. All of them said they would. Since Butler had followed a prece- dent set by a southern governor the Confederate government could not logically object to his use of negro troops. The story that the general had stolen spoons became so widespread that his enemies called him "Spoons Butler" ever after. It made no differ- ence that it was unnecessary for a man of Butler's power and wealth to steal anybody's spoons, or that he had documentary evidence of the falsity of the charges against him. The rumors persisted. Lincoln on Nov. 8, 1862 issued orders to Nathaniel Banks to take over command of the department of the Gulf. This stab in the back by Lincoln who helped his friends sell cotton abroad with his White House- issued licenses threwButler into the Radical Republican camp. Banks ms an utter failure in New Orleans and Lincoln ordered Butler's return but he declined the appoint- ment. He ,s then placed in army of the James. Assuming command at Norfolk he found the local gas company refusing to supply Fortress Monroe. He confiscated the com- pany. He found the city of Norfolk dirtier than New Orleans; he put military prisoners to vrk to clean it up, The prisoners v, ere jeered at by ._the town loafers so he conscripted thing Butler of the negroes in the the Gulf was promul- labor contract gov- 'taunt. The con- the payment of a month. It placed the care (including when necessary) upon their Provided for the sub- employer's expense, of any laborer who because of illness or fly forbade corporal >faints about in- other misdeeds had the nearest provost CROSSWORD AnB,m-er 4. Guided 39. Quax. 5. ChristiLn rel. of -- Some 6. Heavy 21. Girl's burden nick- insect 7. Leaves nRme Norse out 22. Become -. WOrk 14, lv.i, 8. Keep old ="- 9. C.rmn 23. Lights river 24. Come 17 "ne a turf 27. Free L) 15. Ice cream 30. Before chasm drinks 31. CRrried on stupid 16. Affirmative 33. Caresses 6 7 t2 k 5. Capital of Peru 3@ Greet 38. A curve 39. Open ( poet. ). 42. What? J e J0 /t2 2s 2 32. 2 votes 18. Mr. IMncoln :! Z 5 It $| 37 4o 3 J" news. severe lng's  reaidence PrOnoun F1-iend,  Spain , Wild hog =t eeu. 41. hk s. ople of rlta/n - htm t H(rd & llary r nguy 31. Oriental nurse them into the work brigades. You could smell Newbron, Va. from two miles away, and yellow fever was decimating the population. He filled in the open sewers and cleaned up the town. Yellow fever disappeared. He thought it was due to his sanita- tion efforts. It was not until 1901 when Army Dr Walter Reed proved it was the mosquito breeding in filth that caused it When he heard that Union prisoners were dying of small- pox under a flag of truce he sent Confederate Commissioner Judge Robert Ouid 6.000 innoculations without permission of Washington. Ould requested Henry Kyd Douglas' release but a union prison camp officer balked so the boat pulled out without him Butler put him onafast cuter with orders to overtake the exchange prison ship. Another pris- oner of war was the tall strapping MajorOeneralWiltiam F Lee, son of Robert E Lee. He reported to his father that Butler returned his horse and equipment to him and "treated him with utmost courtesy." February. 1864 Richmond was sur- rounded by a sea of mud so the city was evacuated of most of its Confed- erate troops. Butler sent General Isaac Wistar to capture the city. They would have if Lincoln had not pardoned a soldier that murdered his commanding officer and was sent- enced to death. The murderer de- serted the attacking force and warned the Richmond garrison. The attack was thwarted by reinforce- ments. There is a strong suspicion that Lincoln did not want Butler to succeed, If he had done so he would have won the 1864 presidential elec- tion. Butler offered to exchange any prisoner for the rat but the Confed- erate Ould refused, knowing Butler would hang him. In March 1864 Ulysses Grant, now Lt. General, was made commander of all the Union Armies with instruc- tiGriS to coordinate their movements. Grant now sent Butler orders so vague and rambling that he must have been drunk. Petersburg was not defended and could easily have been taken but they thought Grant wanted Butler to march on Richmond. A Confederate army came out of Pet- ersburg in a heavy fog and drove Butler back into the Bermuda Hun- dred. Westpoint graduate General Quincy A. Gillmore was ordered to take Petersburg. He marched his army to the city that was undefended, turned yellow and retreated back to Butler, who had him court martialed ACCORDING TO HOYL My Uncle "Hen," dais short for Henri, He was down at de Tu Forks Store wen I byd my suplies des mornin. He say, how much monnies you got lef dere. i say, foreten dollors, He say Oil, He all-de-ways calls me Oil, but I'm his cuss n Earl, He say yonsecome ober dis ebnen an I'll larned you des game of poker. NoW 1 toth des be a good game to lern caz lots ob de mens l'se kno plays it. Uncle "Hen," 1 rink is a good teacher caz he say, accordin to Hoil ! wins de first Ire hans. But from dem tre hands on 1 herd a lot abot des accordin to Holt. Des is jist a part ob wat happin. I gtt tre duces, uncle Hen he gits tu fives. He wins accordln to des guy Hoil, caz Ire duces equal six, and uncle Hens tu fives equal ten. Now date mite be rite, i'se git tu kings on des hans an Uncle Hen he gits tu queens. Now accordin to des guy Hoil Uncle Hen he wins caz de wimmin all-de-ways gits de monnies. Now date mite be tru. Now des hans l'se sure l'se gona win. ! gtts me tu jacks wid wat uncle Hen he say is ace high, an uncle Hen he gits tu jacks wid a queen hi. Accordin tu Hoil uncle Hen wins dis one caz his one eyed jack is lookin rite at de monnies. Now ! nos my uncle Hen an i tink he be all rite. But accordin to des kuy Hoil l'se ben took for my foreten bucks. His Cuss'n EARL C. BULLICK Mobile Homes 1355 Highway 51 By.Pass South Giant Says, "Nobody Walks till the Boss Man Talks" Look for the Old Oak Tree! FREE Washer and Drye, l or Microwave Oven With each purchase of a new mobile home Hwy. 51 By.Pass South (Vz mile north of HoHday Inn) Serv00e i00as asthe Oak Tree for cowardice. General Beauregard commented later that if Gillmore had been enterprising and bold enough "the entrance gate to Richmond would necessarily have been lost to the Confederacy without the firing of a single gun of the army of the Potomac." William F. Smith, another Wst Point general, was sent by Grant to take Petersburg. Smith made a big- ger botch of the attack tl.an GiHmore but Grant. another West Point grad- uate. saved both their hides. Butler snorted. "Another example of the old school tie." In the Fall of 1864. fearing another riot during the presidential election, Grant sea Butler with 5.000 men to New York City which at that time consisted sole!y of the Borough of Manhatten. an island with no tunnel or bridges Commandeering the ferry boats. Butler placed his men on board and taking over the police stations, if trouble broke out he could strike at will. The city was peaceful on election day. Butler and Admiral Porter turned the Fort Fisher expedition into a fiasco. Who was to blame is still being argued. Grant. using the fail- ure as an excuse, on January 7. 1865 relieved Butler of command. He went home to Lowell and wrote this farewell address o his army: "Knowing your willing obedience to orders, witnessing your ready devo- tion of your blood to your country's cause, [ have been chary of the previous charge confided to me. I have refused to order the useless sacrifice of the lives of such soldiers and I am relieved from your com- mand. The wasted blood of my men does not stain my garments. For my action I am responsible to God and my country," / A deliberate slap in "Butcher" Grant's face. Returning to_Lowell, Butler became a Radical Rep'ublican. Lincoln wanted him as his running mate if he had become president insterad of Andrew Johnson, a democrat. What post-war history would have become s anyone s guess. LJncoln called Butler to Washington and asked him to take charge of negro veterans. Butler suggested they be used to dig the Panama Canal. Lincoln, who would have liked to ship all of them out of the country, thought it was a great idea. Reaching New Jersey on his way home he was told of Lincoln's assassination. In 1866 he was elected to Congress. In Congress he out-radicaled the radicals. He advocated Woman's Sufferage, the eight hour work day, equal political rights for negroes, and finally, he advocated paper currency to pay off bonds purchased by paper currency. This last antagonized the bankers who wanted gold and silver to pay off the wartime government bonds purchased by paper currency, They got their wish under their stooge Grant, Throwing the country into the worst depression until the 1930's they created a whole group of millionnaires enriching themselves on the blood of the men who fought to save the Union. As a sop to veterans, they gave them a war pension END OF PART THREE The Gourmets Classic Cr,,/ Co,,,,d &  -fo,,,.. . p#otm,nt .80-889 Ray Allen Jewelry 386-4181 101 W. Pine St. 00ustom Jewelry REPAIRS SUBSCRIBE TODAY Call 386.'2812 Everyday... ...We Save Lives cmcrten,-v rxms lY. au..e  the extrcmcl', hl s  mF.'.ec] ( ('x[-rt in hir field. 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