Best known for supposedly writing "Taps" (more likely a rewrite of an existing bugle melody), this Union general served as Hooker's chief of staff and apparently partook of that controversial general's political and shall-we-say social proclivities; he had to resign his position as Assistant Treasurer of the United Stated under President Grant for corruption regarding the gold market. Item #42564
Clipped signature in bold brown ink on an irregular-shaped 3" X 1" slip, n.p., n.y. Very good. Heavy mounting traces on verso; all four corners clipped (not affecting text). Accompanied by an exceptional 5½" X 9" steel-engraved head-and-shoulders portrait of Butterfield in uniform. Engraved by J.C. Buttre based on a photograph by James E. McClees, thus vintage engraving is undated but certainly 1860s or '70s. A handsome pair.