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General Headquarters: 1864

General Headquarters: 1864

1864. "Bermuda Hundred, Virginia. Headquarters of Gen. Benjamin Butler." Future congressman and governor of Massachusetts. Wet plate glass negative from the Civil War Photograph Collection, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

Mr. Girafffe?

The soldier in front of the tent has the LONGEST neck I've ever seen on a real person!

General Butler

A very interesting gentleman - to say the least.

Butler's United States Bunting Company

Benjamin Butler promoted a bill in the Congress in 1866 that required US flags to be made of American-manufactured bunting if such could be found to meet or exceed military specs. He then became the founder and president of the United States Bunting Company of Lowell, Massachusetts. The US Bunting Co. was the first American manufacturer of flag bunting that met or exceeded the government and military specifications. The company's first products entered the market in 1867 and by about 1875 all US Navy and Army flags were using its brands of flag fabrics. Prior to this, all US Government and Military flags were made using imported English Bunting.

 
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