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    Benjamin F. Butler: ALS and More. 2-page ALS written on personal stationery, Washington, D.C., November 20, 1867, from Butler to Committeeman James McCormick. Butler declines a personal appearance request: "'I am a Roman Citizen' was a safeguard all over the civilized world to whomsoever was freeborn or by a great favor had obtained that freedom in ancient days. A government more powerful than Rome should know how to protect its citizens in the present." Sold with a post-war civilian from-life CDV of Butler (thinning to mount) and a 1905 TLS by Charles Francis Adams written to Walter Allen of the "Boston Herald". Adams discusses Allen's Civil War newspaper article and wonders why the "weight of your criticism" was not thrown "on the Butler portion." He had sent his own article to General James Wilson for vetting who generally thought it "was altogether the best thing which had yet appeared on that much written about campaign... The probabilities are that, had Sheridan, or even 'Baldy' Smith been in command of that army [the Army of the James], and Butler safely hived at Fortress Monroe, thousands of lives would have been saved.... Nevertheless, two things are plain: first, Butler was imposed on Grant by Lincoln; and, second, after he was safely saddled on Grant's back, Butler terrorized the commander-in-chief." Great Civil War content.

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    December, 2015
    12th Saturday
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