Massive Signed Presentation Photograph of a Union General
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Signed Photograph. [ca. 1890s]. 16 x 19 in.
Inscribed: “To the brave men who served under my command in days gone by and who are now my comrades in the G. A. R. & belong to Post 353 - Greenport Long Island - with kind regards of their old commander.”
Daniel Adams Butterfield (1831–1901) was a New York businessman, Union general in the Civil War, and Assistant U.S. Treasurer in New York. He commanded a brigade at Manassas, led a corps in the desperate assault on Marye’s Heights during the Battle of Fredericksburg, and served as George Meade’s Chief of Staff at Gettysburg. He is credited with composing “Taps,” probably the most famous bugle call ever written, by modifying an older call into the haunting melody we know today.