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Texas Defender

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  General Benjamin Franklin Butler earned a special enmity from southerners for his General Order Number 28, issued in New Orleans in May of 1862.

  The infamous: "Womens' Order" promised to punish southern women for: "Showing contempt" for Union soldiers. But it was left to the Union soldiers to decide what constituted: "Contempt."

  Here is a defense (as well as an explanation) of the order and how it could be interpreted:

Benjamin Butler's Woman's Order

  As explained here, southern women could have been incarcerated for a number of offenses, such as: "Crossing streets" to avoid Union soldiers, or: "Fleeing rooms" when they showed up. In at least one case, women were arrested for leaving a church when some soldiers arrived. The order threatened to treat the women who offended as prostitutes: "Plying their avocation," but it seems illogical that they would be practicng that profession by avoiding potential customers.

  Here is a different view of the order and its effectiveness:

General Butler and the Women -

  The one positive good that General Butler did was not appreciated by either side at the time. By improving roads around the city (To facilitate military traffic), he reduced the number of places that mosquitoes could breed, and thus lowered the number of cases of tropical diseases in the area. The connection of the mosquitoes to the diseases was not understood at that time.

Last edited on Mon Jun 3rd, 2013 12:19 am by Texas Defender

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