Butler was a controversial, colorful, and self-aggrandizing politician who
served as a Union general during the Civil War. A state senator in
Massachusetts, Butler was a delegate to the 1860 Democratic National
Convention, where he supported Jefferson Davis for President.. Always popular, he was
nevertheless dogged by charges of corruption, abuse of power, and, when he
accepted a general officer's commission from Abraham
Lincoln in 1861, incompetence. Even his appearance inspired commentary. A
Union staff officer penned in his diary how Butler cut "an astounding
figure on a horse! Short, fat, shapeless; no neck, squinting, and very bald
headed, and, above all, that singular, half defiant look."
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