President Lincoln appoints General Benjamin F. Butler to Inspect the Mississippi River

February 11, 1863

Long preoccupied with finding a new assignment for General Benjamin F. Butler, who had been relieved of his command of New Orleans late in 1862, President Lincoln: “Major General Butler, bearer of this, visits the Mississippi River, and localities thereon, at my request, for observation. The Military and Naval Commanders, whom he may meet, will please facilitate his passage from point to point, and make him as comfortable as possible during his stay with them respectively. I will thank them also to impart to him such information as they may possess, and he may seek, not inconsistent with the military service.”  The president had considered returning Butler to his previous command but decided against it.

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