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Civil War Soldiers - Butterfield

Butterfield, Daniel, major-general, U.S. Army, was born in Utica, N. Y., Oct. 31, 1831, was graduated from Union college in 1849, and became a merchant in New York city. He was colonel of the 12th N. Y. militia when the Civil war began, and, accompanying his regiment to New York city in July, 1861, led the advance into Virginia over the Long Bridge, joined Gen. Patterson on the upper Potomac and commanded a brigade. He was commissioned lieutenant-colonel when the regular army was enlarged, assigned to the 12th infantry, May 14, 1861, and appointed brigadier-general of volunteers, Sept. 7, 1861, being ordered to the corps of Fitz-John Porter. He took a conspicuous part in the actions at Hanover Court-House, Mechanicsville, Gaines' mill, where he was wounded, in the battles incidental to the retreat of McClellan's army to Harrison's landing, where he commanded a detachment on the south side of the river, covering the retreat, at all the battles fought by Pope and McClellan in August and Sept., 1862. He was promoted major-general of volunteers, Nov. 29, 1862, was made colonel of the 5th infantry in the regular army, July 1, 1863, and commanded the 5th corps in the battle of Fredericksburg; was chief of staff, Army of the Potomac, at Chancellorsville and at Gettysburg where he was wounded; was ordered to reinforce Rosecrans' Army of the Cumberland in Oct., 1863, acting as chief of staff to Gen. Hooker at Lookout mountain, Missionary ridge, Ringgold and Pea Vine creek, Ga.; commanded a division of the 20th corps at the battles of Buzzard's Roost, Resaca, Dallas, New Hope Church, Kennesaw, and Lost mountain, and was brevetted brigadier-general and major- general U. S. A., for gallant and meritorious conduct, receiving his brevet titles at the close of the war. After the war he had charge of the general recruiting office, U. S. army, with headquarters in New York, was commander of the forces at Bedloe's, Governor's and David's islands in New York harbor from 1865 to 1869, and was then appointed head of the United States sub-treasury in New York city. Resigning that office, he traveled in Europe for several years, and was afterwards connected with the American express company. He was the originator of the system of corps badges, flags and insignia adopted in the Army of the Potomac. He was in charge of the great public demonstrations on the occasions of Sherman's funeral, the Washington Centennial celebration in New York city, May 1, 1889, and the arrival of Admiral Dewey in New York, Sept. 30, 1899, after his triumph at Manila.

Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908

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