MAJOR GENERAL BENJAMIN F. BUTLER - MANUSCRIPT LETTER SIGNED 04/25/1882 - HFSID 44659
GENERAL BENJAMIN F. BUTLER Union Civil War General Benjamin F. Butler wrote signed this manuscript letter in 1882 to his law partner Oliver D. Barrett that he is "glad to see that something is being done about lands". Manuscript letter signed "Benj. F. Butler". Pencil notations on verso in unknown hand.
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GENERAL BENJAMIN F. BUTLER
Union Civil War General Benjamin F. Butler wrote signed this manuscript letter in 1882 to his law partner Oliver D. Barrett that he is "glad to see that something is being done about lands".
Manuscript letter signed "Benj. F. Butler". Pencil notations on verso in unknown hand. 1 page, 7¾x9¾, ruled paper, docketed on verso. Affixed to a 8½x5½ matte at top edge. April 25, 1882. Addressed to O. D. Barrett, Esq., Washington, D. C. In full: "My dear Barrett: I get your notes from New York and Philadelphia and are glad to see that something is being done about lands. As it would be too volumin-ous to write I will confer with you as soon as I get to Wash-ington which I hope will be with-in eight days at the farthest. Yours truly,". OLIVER D. BARRETT (c. 1826-1901) was Butler's law partner for over 20 years. 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 and creased. Show-through from docket touches manuscript writing but not signature. Letter and matte are torn in top left corner. Letter has light nick in left edge. Folded twice vertically and four times horizontally and unfolded. Lightly discolored along two horizontal folds. Otherwise in fine condition.
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