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BUTLER'S ORDER #28
This reproduction housed in our collection of General Butler's Order, No. 28. also known as the "Woman Order" reads as follows:
INFAMOUS! VIDE LORD PALMERSTON'S SPEECH.
HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF THE GULF,
New Orleans, May 15, 1862.
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 and courtesy 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.
By command of Major-General Butler
General Benjamin Butler, Commander of the Department of the Gulf, served as military commander of New Orleans for seven months in 1862. Butler issued General Order No. 28 in response to the protestation of military occupation by the women of New Orleans. Women would not sit by federal officers on streetcars and at church nor would not walk on the same side of the street and were insulting to the officers. Order No. 28 was passed after a woman spat at two officers. Many in the city were concerned that the order would be taken as permission for Federal Soldiers to treat women violently and even Butler's own staff warned him of this. New Orleans women did restrain themselves after the order but would continue to show loyalty to the Confederacy by singing "Bonnie Blue Flag" at any opportunity.
16 1/8" x 23 3/4"
Item # 003657
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