GRAND FEDERAL MENAGERIE!! NOW ON EXHIBITION!!... THE GREAT MASSACHUSETTS HYENA, AN EXTRAORDINARY ANIMAL NEWLY DISCOVERED, TRUE TO HIS TRADITIONAL INSTINCTS, HE VIOLATES THE GRAVE! Benjamin Butler.

GRAND FEDERAL MENAGERIE!! NOW ON EXHIBITION!!... THE GREAT MASSACHUSETTS HYENA, AN EXTRAORDINARY ANIMAL NEWLY DISCOVERED, TRUE TO HIS TRADITIONAL INSTINCTS, HE VIOLATES THE GRAVE!

[np: 1862]. Lithograph broadside, oblong 17-1/2" x 12". Spotted at top margin, above the caption. Else Very Good.

A rare, anti-Butler lithograph cartoon during his occupation of New Orleans. "Butler as hyena on grave of A. S. Johnston; his hind paws on grave of Col. Chas D. Dreux [spelled here 'Dreaux' ]. Third tombstone: 'Washington Artillery'." [Weitenkampf]. A skull and several bones are in the foreground.
Apparently Butler, as a much-disliked military governor of New Orleans, had opened A.S. Johnston's grave on the rumor that valuable papers were in the coffin. Johnston, a hero in the South and Jefferson Davis's favorite General, had died at the Battle of Shiloh. The gravestone at the left of the cartoon states, "Sacred to the Memory of General A.S. Johnston Killed at Shilah April 7th 1862." A Texan, Johnston was originally buried at New Orleans; in 1867 he was reinterred at the Texas State Cemetery. Dreux was one of the earliest Confederate casualties, and a beloved son of New Orleans, who was killed at Yorktown, Virginia, on July 5, 1861.
Weitenkampf 133. Not in Reilly, Sabin, Eberstadt, Jumonville, Thompson, or normally consulted bibliographies of the Confederacy. OCLC 191119888 [1- AAS] as of September 2017. Item #34133

Price: $2,500.00