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Benjamin Butler Facts
November 5, 1818 Deerfield, New Hampshire
January 11, 1893 Washington, D.C.
Battle of Big Bethel
Battle of Hatteras Inlet
Battle of New Orleans
Bermuda Hundred Campaign
Battle of Port Walthall
Battle of Proctor’s Creek
Battle of Ware Bottom Church
First Battle of Petersburg
Battle of Chaffin’s Farm
First Battle of Fort Fisher
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Benjamin Butler summary: Benjamin Butler was the sixth child of John Butler who served in the Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812 under Andrew Jackson. Though he was a sympathizer of the south, he served in the Union with one of his main quotes being “I was always a friend of Southern rights but an enemy of Southern wrongs.” He started as a third lieutenant and by 1855 he was a brigadier general.
Benjamin Butler In The Civil War
When it was unclear if Maryland would remain a part of the Union, Butler was sent with some troops from Massachusetts to reopen the lines of communication between Washington DC and the Union states. Butler was known for his eagerness and willingness to take on the role of authority when official instructions were absent. Butler received the assignment as commander in Hampton, Virginia at Fort Monroe. Just before the Battle of First Bull Run, Butler suffered a minor defeat at Big Bethel when a plan was drawn for an operation in both Big Bethel and Little Bethel but Butler did not lead the force himself and that led to criticism after the loss. One of the things which prevented Butler’s removal from military service was that Butler was a political ally of President Lincoln. A reason for his eventual dismissal was what happened at Fort Fisher when he called off the attack even when there were orders by General Grant to do otherwise.
Benjamin Butler After The War
After the war, Benjamin Butler became a member of the House of Representatives from 1867 to 1875 and 1877 to 1879. Butler passed away when attending court in the city of Washington DC. He is buried in Lowell, Massachusetts in the family cemetery of his wife.
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Lincoln urges farmers to go west, McClellan stalls and a new Rebel commander takes over
3 – Confederate General Joseph Johnston orders troops to evacuate Norfolk, Va. Evacuation is completed May 10, and on May 11, the crew of …
A congressional war panel proves too many cooks can poison the pot
By any standard, Ball's Bluff was a fiasco. What began as a raid in October 1861 escalated into an unintended battle for Leesburg, Va. The Yankees so badly …
From the Editor
America's Civil War
The Committee on the Conduct of the War was as much a foe of wayward Union generals as it was of Confederates.
The Committee on the Conduct of the War, which moved quickly and …
Heroine or Hoaxer?
Madame Loreta Janeta Velazquez wrote a controversial memoir disclosing her activities as a double agent and brave soldier during the Civil War.
BY SYLVIA D. HOFFERT
In 1876 the American public was introduced to an astonishing and …
Contrary to widespread belief, even 'Beast' Butler had a better side. He just kept it well hidden.
If the Confederate States of America had ever offered a prize for the most hated Union general, New Hampshire-born Benjamin Butler would have …
David and Goliath
An Unstoppable Confederate War Machine Meets Its Match
BY MICHAEL MORGAN
It was the Union's turn to suffer. For three years its forces had steadily grown stronger along the North Carolina coast. Federal soldiers occupied most of …