December 3, 2014

"Ben Butler in New Orleans" by Dale Phillips, Historian and Superintendent at Lincoln Home National Historic Site.

Dale Phillips began his assignment at the Lincoln Home and National Historic Site in Springfield, Illinois on July 18, 2010.

    “My area of interest is the American Civil War. It’s a period of history that has always interested me.” Phillips said.


    His 30-year career with the park service has included assignments at the Gettysburg, Fort Sumter and Chickamauga national parks and battlefields.


Benjamin F. Butler was a controversial, self-aggrandizing, and colorful politician who served as a Union general during the Civil War. A state senator in MassachusettsButler was a delegate to the 1860 Democratic National Convention, where he supported Jefferson Davis. Always popular, he was nevertheless dogged by charges of corruption, abuse of power, and, when he accepted a general officer's commission from Abraham Lincoln in 1861, incompetence. Even his appearance inspired commentary. A Union staff officer penned in his diary how Butler cut "an astounding figure on a horse! Short, fat, shapeless; no neck, squinting, and very bald headed, and, above all, that singular, half defiant look." During the Civil War, Butler made substantial contributions to the Union war effort, including a policy that allowed the United States government to skirt the provisions of the Fugitive Slave Law by claiming that escaped slaves were "contraband of war." In this way, he was able to put African American to work on fortifications and helped to pave the way for emancipation. He also served as military administrator for occupied Louisiana—where he was particularly hated.

It was a Friendly & Fun Evening of Civil War History!

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2801 South Telegraph Road
Mehlville (St Louis), MO 63125

Doors open at 5:30

Meal served at 6:30

Presentation at 7:30
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