MAJOR GENERAL BENJAMIN F. BUTLER - DOCUMENT SIGNED - HFSID 253859
Sale Price $552.50
BENJAMIN F. BUTLER
Union General Benjamin F. Butler signed this railroad pass for a disabled soldier to travel from Washington, D. C. to Baltimore, Maryland. Accompanied by a 5¼x8 full-length engraving of Butler in uniform.
Document signed "Benj F Butler" as Manager N. A. D. V. S. Red ink notations in top right corner. 1 page, 4x1¾. Headed: "Coupon to be Detached by Railroad Official". In part: "Pass Geo W Brousman a Disabled War Soldier, From Washington To Baltimore Md. Via B. & Ohio RR..." Butler orders: "The amount of Fare on this Coupon will be paid to order by the Treasurer of the Military Asylum". Lightly toned, soiled and creased. Cancellation cuts, which touch signature. Missing top corners. Otherwise in fine condition. Accompanied by: Unsigned engraving with facsimile signature. B/w, 5¼x8 overall, 5¼x6½ image, one surface. From the portrait by Alonso Chapel. Printed by Johnson, Fry & Co. Publishers of New York. Lightly toned, soiled, stained and creased. Otherwise in fine condition. A well-known lawyer and political leader and a Brigadier General of the Massachusetts militia, 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.
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