Monthly Archives: June 2010

Meeting of June 10, 2010

Ed Root on “General Butler’s 1862 Tenure in New Orleans”

man standing in front of flags

Ed Root

engraving of Benjamin Franklin Butler

The “Beast” of New Orleans

Ed Root’s program of General Benjamin Butler explored one of those historic characters who never fails to elicit strong opinion. He was both reviled as a criminal and scalawag and praised as a patriot in his own time. Today, he is most often one of the answers to questions about the Civil War’s most inept officers. Ed’s presentation was very fair and balanced (like Fox News!). Butler was not as bad as historians have made him out to be. There were the usual stories, some of which were quite humorous. Lots of new information. Ed is always welcomed back to Old Baldy. Continue reading