General Benjamin Franklin "Spoons" Butler
Name BUTLER, Benjamin Franklin "Spoons"
Born November 5 1818, Deerfield NH
Died January 11 1893, Washington DC
Pre-War Profession Teacher, lawyer, politician.
War Service April 1861 Brig. Gen. of Massachusetts militia, lifted the blockade of Washington, May 1861 appointed Maj. Gen. of Volunteers, Big Bethel, Hatteras Inlet, New Orleans, military governor, removed December 1862, commanded Army of the James 1863, Bermuda Hundred, sent home to await orders, unsuccessful North Carolina expedition.
Post War Career US congressman, governor, presidential candidate.
Notes A controversial political general, notorious for his use of contraband slaves and his disrespect towards the ladies of New Orleans.
Parton, James General Butler in New Orleans / history of the administration of the Department of the Gulf in the year 1862 Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1892