MAJOR GENERAL BENJAMIN F. BUTLER - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 06/21/1884 - HFSID 152224

GENERAL BENJAMIN F. BUTLER Union General Benjamin F. Butler wrote this letter to Charles A. Dana, former Assistant Secretary of War, in 1884 to apologize for not meeting him when he was in New York City. Autograph letter signed "Benj. F Butler". 1 page, 4¼x6¾, 1 sheet folded. June 21, 1884.

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GENERAL BENJAMIN F. BUTLER
Union General Benjamin F. Butler wrote this letter to Charles A. Dana, former Assistant Secretary of War, in 1884 to apologize for not meeting him when he was in New York City.
Autograph letter signed "Benj. F Butler". 1 page, 4¼x6¾, 1 sheet folded. June 21, 1884. Addressed to Charles A Dana, Esq. In full: "My dear Mr Dana I regret that I did not meet you when last in New York. Shall be at 5th Avenue Wednesday morning and will be much pleased to see you or you Come down town Most truly". CHARLES A.DANA (1819-1897), born Charles Anderson Dana, was the city and later managing editor of Horace Greeley's New York Tribune (1847-1862) and served as President Abraham Lincoln's Assistant Secretary of War (1863-1865). From 1868 until his death in 1897, Dana was part-owner and editor of the New York Sun. A well-known lawyer and political leader and a Brigadier General of the Massachusetts militia, BENJAMIN F.BUTLER (1818-1893) entered the Civil War in a dramatic way. Leading the 8th Massachusetts, he broke the blockade of Washington five days after the bombardment of Ft. Sumter. President Abraham Lincoln rewarded him with an appointment as the first volunteer Major General. Butler was appointed Military Governor of New Orleans in May of 1862, but he served only until December, earning the sobriquet "Beast Butler" from angry Southerners. He returned to combat duty with command of the Army of the James in 1863. He proved to be inept against General P.G.T. Beauregard at the Battle at Bermuda Hundred (May 16, 1864), and Grant sent him to New York. Butler resigned his commission in January of 1865. He was a member of the House of Representatives (1867-1875, 1877-1879), where he played a prominent part in the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson. He changed political parties several times, and was elected Massachusetts' Democratic Governor (1882-1884). In 1884, Butler, who advocated an eight-hour workday, ran unsuccessfully for president on an anti-monopoly platform. Lightly toned, soiled and creased. Signature has bled lightly but is legible. Body of letter, but not signature, is lightly smeared in places but legible. Random ink stains. Light nick at bottom edge. Folded in half and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition.

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