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MAJOR GENERAL DANIEL BUTTERFIELD - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 09/19/1895 - HFSID 22272

DANIEL BUTTERFIELD Union General Daniel Butterfield sends an autograph letter of regret that he will not be able to give a speech due to illness. Autograph Letter signed: "Daniel Butterfield", 2p, separate sheets, 6x9½. Lookout Inn letterhead. Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, 1895 September 19. To Honorable L.

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DANIEL BUTTERFIELD
Union General Daniel Butterfield sends an autograph letter of regret that he will not be able to give a speech due to illness.
Autograph Letter signed: "Daniel Butterfield", 2p, separate sheets, 6x9½. Lookout Inn letterhead. Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, 1895 September 19. To Honorable L. P. Morton, Governor. In full: "A journey in to Chattanooga last evening to speak at the Army of the Cumberland Reunion by appointment this the disengaged of trains only got me back here to out quarters at 2.30 this morning fatigue Kevin and with heat I the world. An attack of illness came on in the night not serious enough to be dangerous but much as to make it impossible for me to leave the Hotel today and to make it advisable for me to even go further alter dance & leave for home which I shall do in the morning- I regret this as it doesn't seem to be that I have forgotten in regard the official countence due Jan & the gentlemen of the Legislature who accompany you. Will you kindly make known to there servants the reasons for my absence & accept the assurances of my lecture. Very truly yours" Daniel Butterfield (1831-1901), the son of American Express co-founder John Butterfield, was mustered into Federal service as Colonel of the 12th New York Militia on May 2, 1861; the first Union regiment to set foot on Virginia soil (May 24). After service with General Robert Patterson at Martinsburg, Butterfield was appointed Brigadier General of Volunteersto rank from Sept. 7, 1861 and assigned to command a brigade in George W. Morell's division of Fitz John Porter's V Corps. He was wounded at Gaines' Mill in the Peninsular campaign, andthirty years later was awarded the Medal of Honor for his conduct on that day. He commanded the Corps after Porter's removal. Butterfield was severely wounded at Gettysburg while he was General George Meade's Chief of Staff. He became ill just shortly after commanding the XX Corps in the Atlanta Campaign and saw no more field service thereafter. In 1865, he was brevetted Brigadier and Major General in the U.S. Army. He resigned in 1870. He claimed to be the composer of the bugle call Taps. Fold signatures not near signature. Fine condition.

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