MAJOR GENERAL DANIEL BUTTERFIELD - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED CIRCA 1893 - HFSID 33029
Sale Price $467.50
Union General Daniel Butterfield wrote this on the back of a 1893 letter asking him if he'd been wounded in the American Civil war and where. He was wounded at Gaines' Mill and Gettysburg.
Autograph note signed: "Daniel Butterfield", 1p, 7¾x4¾. Addressed to Julius Strause, Esq. In full: "My dear Sir In reply to yours. herewith - was wounded at Gaines Mill and Gettysburg - Very Truly Yrs". Butterfield wrote this letter on the back of a letter from Julius Strause and written in Delavan, Illinois on 1893 September 4. Addressed to "Gen Dan'l Butterfield,/New York,". Strause's letter in full: "Dear Sir: you would confer a great favor and greatly oblige if you would kindly inform me whether you were ever wounded during a battle in the later war and if so, at which en-gagements. Very truly". 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. Lightly toned. Butterfield's signature has bled lightly but is legible. Writing shows through and touches handwriting and signatures on both sides. Bottom edge is irregular. Random ink stains. Folded twice and unfolded. Otherwise, fine condition.
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