1. Creator/Author:
  2. Adalbert Johann Volck (35)

Butler's Prisoners in Fort St. Philip

Creator:
Adalbert Johann Volck
Location:
Unknown place made
Origin Date:
1861-1863
Materials:
paper
Measurements:
overall: 9 3/8 in x 12 1/16 in
Item ID:
71.2009.081.2090
Holding Institution:
Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum
Available for Viewing:
No
Category:
Fine Art

Description

This etching is a political cartoon by Adalbert Volck, a Southern sympathizer living in Baltimore, Maryland, during the United States Civil War. This cartoon, one of the Confederate War Etchings series, depicts a heavily fortified prison where reputable citizens of New Orleans are shown at manual labor while shackled with ball and chain. The prisoners are guarded by members of the local home guard African American Zouave unit. In the distance, General Benjamin Butler escorts two ladies, most likely Unionist locals, through the compound. Federal forces under General Benjamin Butler and Admiral David Farragut captured Fort St. Philip, New Orleans in April 1862. The number 23 appears above the upper left corner of the image. Original etching one of thirty published in Volck's "Confederate War Etchings." Part of the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum