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Confederate (CSV)


John W. Butler

Home State: Alabama

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 5th Alabama Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

He enlisted as Private, Company D (later C), 5th Alabama Infantry on 15 March 1861 in Pineville. He was absent, sick for much of the rest of 1861.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action near Turner's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was wounded at Chancellorsville, VA on 3 May 1863 and was promoted to 5th Sergeant by June 1864. He was captured on 2 April 1865 at Petersburg, VA and sent to Point Lookout, MD. He was released on 9 June 1865 after taking an oath of allegiance.

References & notes

His service from the State of Alabama,1 as J.W. Butler, and his Compiled Service Records,2 online from fold3; he's also seen as James W. Butler. His wounding on South Mountain from a casualty list for Rodes' Brigade in the Montgomery Weekly Advertiser of 8 October 1862.


1   State of Alabama, Dept. of Archives & History, Alabama Civil War Service Database, Published 2004, first accessed 01 January 2010, <>, Source page: /civilwar/soldier.cfm?id=26561  [AotW citation 25608]

2   US War Department, Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, Record Group No. 109 (War Department Collection of Confederate Records), Washington DC: US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 1903-1927  [AotW citation 27979]