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Ben Butler: Ladies’ Man

In 1814, licensed privateer John Butler, operating under a government commission, helped the United States retain control of New Orleans by carrying dispatches to Andrew Jackson. Nearly fifty years later, Captain Butler’s son exerted his own form of patriotism over the Crescent City. Major general Benjamin F. Butler assumed administrative control of New Orleans in May 1862 following its surrender to Admiral David Farragut. […]