Daniel Butterfield was a brigadier general in the Civil War. He experimented with bugle calls and is credited with the composition called “Taps” which replaced the customary firing of three rifle volleys at the end of burial during the battle. In 1862, he wrote the Army field manual Camp and Outpost Duty for Infantry. Butterfield commanded a division at Fredericksburg, after which he became Hooker’s chief of staff. Wounded at Gettysburg, he served in Sherman’s Atlanta campaign before retiring from front-line service due to illness. After the war, he served in the Grant administration as Assistant Treasurer of the United States. In 1896, he was awarded the Medal of Honor for distinguished gallantry in action at the Battle of Gaines’ Mill where he was wounded.
The Medal of Honor is the highest and most prestigious personal military decoration. The medal is normally awarded by the President of the United States in the name of the U.S. Congress. It was first introduced in 1862. There have been 3500 medals awarded, with 40% of that number during the American Civil War.
This Daniel Butterfield mug is part of our Civil War Series and Medal of Honor Series profiling participants in the War Between the States. Thousands of Confederate and Union soldiers fought in battles such as Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Vicksburg, Chattanooga, Cold Harbor, and Petersburg. We honor their sacrifices by telling their stories.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia-tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
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