MAJOR GENERAL BENJAMIN F. BUTLER - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 11/24/1890 - HFSID 254655
Sale Price $450.00
GENERAL BENJAMIN F. BUTLER
Union Civil War General Benjamin F. Butler signed this letter, typed on his law office letterhead in 1890, to say that "Perhaps it would amuse you to write out for her what you remember of the Ellison family."
Typed letter signed "Benj F. Butler". Black ink notations at bottom left corner in unknown hand. 1 page, 8x10¾, on letterhead of the law offices of Benjamin F. Butler, Washburn and Webster. Nov. 30, 1890. Addressed to Mrs. Betsy M. Stevens, Nottingham, New Hampshire. In full: "My dear Betsy:- The enclosed letter [not enclosed] will explain itself. I send you also a copy of my answer, and Mrs. Johnson's former letter to me. Per-haps it would amuse you to write out for her what you remember of the Ellison family. She is a respectable kind-hearted person. I have received the pictures of mater for which I thank you. Yours truly,". 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. Lightly toned, soiled and creased. Light discolorations along fold, which do not touch signature. Missing corners. Missing left corners. Light tears and dent at right edge. Pinhole in top left corner. Folded twice and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition.
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