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Confederate (CSV)

Lieutenant Colonel

Samuel F. Butler

(c. 1834 - 1862)

Home State: Mississippi

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 11th Mississippi Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

In 1860 he was a prosperous planter at Columbus, Lowndes County, MS. By January 1861 he was Captain of the Tombigbee Rangers, a local militia company, and they became part of the First Mississippi Battalion for emergency service at Pensacola, FL, Butler appointed Major. On 4 May in Corinth, MS, he was elected Major of the new 11th Mississippi Infantry as that regiment was formed. He was elected Lieutenant Colonel in the reorganization of 21 April 1862.

On the Campaign

He relieved mortally wounded Colonel Liddell on the evening of 16 September 1862 in command of the regiment, but was himself mortally wounded on the morning of the 17th at Sharpsburg and captured there; he was shot through the spine and abdomen.

The rest of the War

He was treated in US Army General Hospital #7 in Frederick, MD but died of his wounds there on 3 October 1862.

More on the Web

His service from Dunbar Rowland's The Official and Statistical Register of the State of Mississippi (1908) and his Compiled Service Records,1 online from fold3. His memorial in Friendship Cemetery, Columbus, MS is on Findagrave; at least one source has his birth on 7 May 1828 in Crawfordville, MS.


c. 1834; Crawfordville, MS


10/03/1862; Frederick, MD; burial in Friendship Cemetery, Columbus, MS


1   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 30457]