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J.H. Butler
J.H. Butler

Federal (USA)


John Hartwell Butler

(1838 - 1910)
Home State: Connecticut
Command Billet: Battery Commander
Branch of Service: Artillery
Unit: 2nd United States Artillery, Battery G


Before the Antietam Campaign:
A druggist in Hartford before the War, he was appointed 2nd Lieutenant, 2nd US Artillery, on 22 May 1861 and promoted 1st Lieutenant on 10 June.

The remainder of the War:
He commanded the battery at Gettysburg in July 1863, and suffered "loss of left foot from wound in line of duty" - probably near Culpeper in November. He was cited by brevet for gallantry at the battle of Glendale, Virginia (6/62: Captain) and action near Culpeper, Virginia (11/63: Major). He retired his commission on 7 February 1865.

After the War:
He re-entered the Army in 1867, appointed Captain in the 42nd US Infantry on 22 January. He retired as Mounted Captain on 14 May 1870.

References, Sources, and other notes:
Military history from Heitman1, and his photo is from the MOLLUS-Massachusetts Collection2. His foot mentioned by Higginson3, with further details gathered by Goellnitz4.

Birth State: MA    


1   Heitman, Francis Bernard, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, 2 volumes, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1903, pg. 269  [AotW citation 1173]

1   US Army, Military History Institute (USAMHI), Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS)-Massachusetts Photograph Collection, Published 2009, <http://cdm16635.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/search/collection/p16635coll12/>, Source page: pg. 5010  [AotW citation 1174]

3   Higginson, Thomas Wentworth, Massachusetts in the Army and Navy during the war of 1861-1865, 2 vols., Boston: Wright & Potter Printing Co., State Printers, 1895-6, Vol. 2, pg. 405  [AotW citation 1175]

4   Goellnitz, Jenny, Draw the Sword: the Gettysburg Monument Project, Published 1998, first accessed 20 January 2001, <http://www.drawthesword.goellnitz.org/>, Source page: /2008/05/2nd-united-states-artillery-battery-g/  [AotW citation 1176]

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