Signed Letter by Union Civil War Major General BENJAMIN F. BUTLER Typed Letter signed 12/22/1885


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Union Civil War General Benjamin F. Butler signed this two page letter, typed on the letterhead of his law office in 1885, with respect to the setting up of a Certificate of Organization with the Commissioner of Corporations. Autograph letter signed “Benj Butler, on letterhead of the law offices of Benjamin F. Butler, Washburn and Webster.Size: 9 7/8″ by 7 7/8”. It is folded, but in very good condition with a couple of toned areas. Typed on watermarked Doulton Mass paper.

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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Weight 5 oz
Dimensions 12 × 10 × 1 in

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