Major General Benjamin "Beast” Butler Railroad Ticket Signed for a “Disabled Volunteer Soldier” to Travel
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN BUTLER (1818-1893). Major General in the Civil War Union Army, nicknamed "Beast Butler", elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Mass., and later served as the 33rd Governor of Mass. from 1883 to 1884.
An original Railroad Ticket Signed, “Benj. F. Butler” as Manager, R.A.D.V.S., no date, measures 4” x 2”, Choice Extremely Fine. This Ticket enables Barney Minier, a “Disabled Volunteer Soldier” to travel from Maryland to Norfolk, VA via “Steam Lady of the Lake”. Minier served in the Civil War with the 1st Mass Cavalry and 3rd and 25th Mass Infantries. Travel cost was reduced “with the understanding that Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, enroute to Military Asylums, will be passed over the Several roads at half the usual Fare.” Military Asylums were the start of the current Veteran’s Homes Program. A wonderful, rarely encountered and very special Civil War “Benj. F. Butler” Signed item. Ex: Russ & Jane Sears Baltimore Collection.