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Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler 1 1 Browse Search
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nds, and make me get up the cows from the pasture, the limit of which was about a mile away. I had to get up early in the morning to drive them forth, and go out late in the afternoon to drive them back; and as they were by that time likely to have wandered far off from the opening of the lane into the pasture, it gave me, in the course of the day, about two miles to run. The nearest boy lived a mile from us, and as he had his own duties to attend to, I saw very little of him. Mrs. Charlotte Ellison Butler, mother of Benj. F. Butler, engraved from a Daguerreotype. Every fair evening, before her labors began by the light of the candle, and when I had no light to read by, my mother, wrapped up if it was cold, used to sit teaching me the names of the stars and constellations. These she had learned of her father, who was somewhat of a scholar. She told me about the signs of the zodiac, and about the rising and setting of the sun. I remember once she stood in a very terrific thund