Political cartoon making fun of General Benjamin Butler, who was a Political General during the war. He led the Army of the James during the Bermuda Hundred Campaign late in the war and also was the General in Command at New Orleans early in the war. While in New Orleans he was known by Southerners as Ben "The Beast" or "Beast" Butler. Butler imposed strict conduct of the local population and was strongly hated by the South. Politically, he was a Democrat before the war and then became a Republican after it and this lithograph dates to one of his many campaigns for the Governor of Massachusetts 1871-1882 (Elected in 1882). "Spoons" was a nickname that he was given to him by angry Southerners who spread the rumor that he had stolen spoons while in Command at New Orleans. Depicts a swooning Butler in drag hanging on to a Federal Officer (Research this soldier) Carries a carpet bag full of Republican Votes, and an umbrella with "Massachusetts Governorship"
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