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Daniel Butterfield, American army officer. member Grand Army of Republic.


Butterfield, Daniel was born on October 31, 1831 in Utica, New York, United States. Son of John and Melinda (Baker) Butterfield.


Bachelor of Arts, Union College, 1849.


Commissioned captain 71st Regiment, New York Militia. Commissioned colonel 12th Regiment (1st Union forces to enter Virginia, crossing Long Bridge May 24, 1861), 1861. Promoted brigadier general United States Volunteers, 1861.

Decorated Congressional Medal of Honor (1892) for service at Gaines’s Mill during General George McClellan’s Peninsular Campaign of 1862. Commissioned major general, in command 5th Army Corps, served at Battle of Fredericksburg, 1862. Became chief of staff under General Thomas Hooker, 1863, also at Battle of Lookout Mountain, 1863.

Served at Battle of Chancellorsville, under General George Meade at Battle of Gettysburg. Commanded 3d Division, 20th Army Corps in General William Sherman’s march through Georgia. Commissioned colonel United States Army, 1863.

Brevetted major general, 1865, resigned, 1869. Assistant United States treasurer, New York City, 1869-1870. Constructed railroad in Guatemala.

President Albany and Troy Steamboat Company. Owner Brooklyn Annex Steamships. Director Mechanics & Tracers Bank New York City.

Grand marshall of parade during Washington Centennial. Celebration, New York City, 1899. President Society of Army of Potomac.

Member Grand Army of Republic.


Member Grand Army of Republic.


Married 1st wife, February 12, 1857. Married second, Mistress.

John Butterfield

Melinda (Baker) Butterfield

1st wife