Boston (MA) Advertiser, “Impotent Rage,” May 27, 1861

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    “Impotent Rage,” Boston (MA) Advertiser, May 27, 1861, p. 2: 2.
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    Charleston (SC) Courier
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    Boston Daily Advertiser
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    Impotent Rage
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    Don Sailer, Dickinson College
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    The following text is presented here in complete form, as it originally appeared in print. Spelling and typographical errors have been preserved as in the original.

    Impotent Rage. – The Baltimore correspondent of the Charleston Courier writes to express the feelings of the secessionists in Baltimore. One passage in his letter is so good an example of the vain efforts of the vanquished traitors to satisfy their wrath by personal vituperation, that we print it, assuring our readers that this is upon the whole a rather mild specimen of the compliments paid by the southern press to any successful and faithful officer of the government: -

    “Our citizens feel considerable relief at getting rid of Gen. Butler – in other words, Picayune or Strychnine Butler – who was in command for some days of this military division. A more conceited or bigger fool has not appeared in Baltimore since the National Democratic Convention last spring, when the same pop and jay cockscomb was here figuring as a great Breckinridge man. Our citizens of intelligence and polite attainments, who were obliged to come in official contact with him, were absolutely disgusted. Supreme respect for law and order alone prevented his getting into difficulty. Fancy the old mush-head seated upon a charger, armed with sword and pistols, a cigar in his mouth and half tight, surrounded by his staff and body guard, riding the streets in open day, blustering like a swelled frog, assuming importance much beyond what that reptile did when it swelled to bursting at beholding the ox. Thank fortune, “Picayune Butler” has gone from town, as is well understood, at the bidding of his master, and left a gentleman – Gen. Cadwalader – to adorn the position he encumbered with a mountebank.”

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    George Cadwalader (1806 – 1879) – Union General during the Civil War
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