I am embarking upon a newjourney into thepublicandprivateworld of Benjamin F. Butler. This is a series of blog posts that will document some of thehistories as I study them. Thepurpose of my study is better to understandwhy Butler madedecisions that broughtmuchcontroversyandcausedpublicopposition to his policies throughout his careerandlife.
Butler’s Professional Portrait
Inside of Benjamin F. Butler’s autobiography, you will see a copy of a portrait of himself. He poses with his side to the camera with a signature that reads, “Compliments of Benjamin F. Butler.” The copy is from an engraving of a painting that Darius Cobb did in 1890. Darius Cobb, of the famous Cobb Brothers, hailed as one of the great American artists of the 19th century. (1) Darius…
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