During a recent visit to a home on the southern Mississippi River, I found a memorable artifact of the war.
General Ben Butler was the Union military commander who took New Orleans early in the war and then remained its military commander for some time. During that period he implemented several improvements in the city’s operations, including efforts to reduce the threat of malaria and yellow fever. However he is best known for implementing an order that any woman in that city who disparaged Union troops would be arrested as a “lady of the town” (i.e. a prostitute) and imprisoned. This did not make him very popular!
One result is that almost from the day of his departure from the city, “Beast” (his local nickname) Butler has been the “target” of abuse from this city’s citizens. Below is a photo of the device (found in this home) in which the object of the user’s’ “target practice” is Ben Butler’s picture at the bottom of a chamber pot. No mistaking the opinion of the maker of that device!