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    [Civil War] Benjamin Butler and Nathaniel P. Bank's General Orders Collection. An almost complete series of General Orders from the Headquarters of the Department of the Gulf. The set begins with "General Orders No. 4, New Orleans, January 7, 1862" shortly after the capture of Ship Island, Mississippi, and concludes with "General Orders No. 121, New Orleans, February 7, 1863."

    Most notably included is General Order No. 28, issued on May 15, 1862 which stated: "As the officers and soldiers of the United States have been subject to repeated insults from the women (calling themselves ladies) of New Orleans, in return for the most scrupulous non-interference on our part, it is ordered that hereafter when any female shall, by word, gesture or movement, insult or show contempt for any officer or soldier of the United States, she shall be regarded and held liable to be treated as a woman of the town plying her avocation. " This order helped Butler earn the nickname "The Beast".

    Collected by Boston Journal war correspondent A. G. Hills during the expedition to capture the city of New Orleans as well as the military administration by Union Generals Benjamin Butler and Nathaniel P. Banks, each order is printed on 5.25" x 8.25" paper.


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