Balt. & Ohio Railroad, Sept. 14, ?8. SIGNED "Benj. F. Butler" as Manager, R.A.D.V. (Railroad Authority for Disabled Veteran Soldiers), 4.25" x 2.25", on franked ticket for "John White from Washington to Columbus via Balt. + Ohio R.R.", in another hand. Circular, blue stamp in lower right, punched by conductor. reads, "B. & O. R. R., C. H. Pagels, Ticket Agent, Washington Station". This Ticket enables John White, a "Disabled Volunteer Soldier" to travel from Washington to Columbus via "Balt. & Ohio". 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."
Benjamin Franklin Butler (1818-1893) was a Major General in the Civil War Union Army, elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Mass., and later served as the 33rd Governor of Mass. from 1883 to 1884. He was labeled with the moniker, "Beast Butler" for his harsh and tyrannical treatment of the citizenry of New Orleans during his martial responsibility during the early years of the war. Butler tried on at least two occasions to maneuver himself into the nominee for president. His party affiliations were amorphous as the suited his political ambitions. Very Fine, rarely encountered. Item #1237