Beast Butler was in the newspaper again on June 19, 1862. His war with the foreign consuls had escalated. He told the consuls they could take their flags down and go home. They were not invited, said the invader. The “brute,” said Clara, was very insulting to the consuls. She did not mention how or in what way the newspapers were allowed to publish information critical of Gen. Butler. Perhaps, he did not view a story about his insults to the consuls to be negative. Likely, it appealed to his vanity that his “war” was escalating.
Clara expressed concern about the oath required in Gen. Order No. 41. In her view, the oath applied to ex-Confederate soldiers. If they did not swear the oath to the U.S., they would be considered spies. She did not think teachers would be required to take the oath. Clara was an occasional teacher.
There were always some number of former Confederate soldiers in the city, typically living with their families while recovering from wounds.
Clara was holding her younger sister, Josie on the porch as a “Yank” walked by, meaning a Union soldier. Josie yelled out, “Hurrah! For Depp Davis and Beauregard.” Josie, about 2 years old, obviously meant “Jeff Davis.” And, “Beauregard” referred to New Orleans native son, Gen. Pierre G.T. Beauregard, a hero in the city since the Mexican War.
To Clara’s surprise, the soldier turned toward them with “such a sweet smile” on his face and seemed so surprised. His reaction “warmed” her heart. Clara found strength in news of a recent Confederate victory in Virginia, probably referring to continued success in the Shenandoah River valley.
The Federal soldiers often passed through Clara’s neighborhood, indicating how pervasive they were in the city.
Elliott Ashkenazi , ed., The Civil War Diary of Clara Solomon (Baton Rouge: LSU Press 1995), p. 8, 412-413.