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When the Devil Came Down to Dixie: Ben Butler in New Orleansby Hearn, Chester G.
Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
Retail Price: $15.95
Issue: Summer 2001
Benjamin F. Butler reveled in controversy, and his occupation and administration of New Orleans during 1862 did not disappoint. This softcover release of Chester G. Hearn's book depicts the whole tableau: Butler's fractious relations with the city's aristocracy, his graft and political scheming, and the halting steps toward black emancipation and enlistment, but also his supreme self-confidence, popularity among South Louisiana's lower classes, and insistence on humane protections for local cane field workers.