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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1820

Vol. I

(Born Ten.)

Edward G. W. Butler​1

(Ap'd Ten.)


Edward George Washington Butler: Born Feb. 22, 1800, Fort Kingston, TN.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, Sep. 14, 1816, to July 1, 1820, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., Corps of Artillery, July 1, 1820.

Second Lieut., 4th Artillery,
in Re-organization of Army, June 1, 1821.

Served: on Topographical duty, Oct. 31, 1820, to Dec. 8, 1823; and

(First Lieut., 4th Artillery, Nov. 6, 1823)

as Aide-de‑Camp to Bvt. Maj.‑General Gaines, and Acting Asst. Adjutant-General of the Eastern and Western Departments, Dec. 8, 1823, to May 28, 1831.

Resigned, May 28, 1831.

Civil History. — President of the Plaquemine Branch of the Union Bank of Louisiana, 1842‑47. Major-General, Louisiana Militia, 1846‑47. Sugar Planter, Iberville Parish, La., 1831‑47.

Military History. — Re-appointed in the United States Army with the rank of

Colonel, 3d Dragoons, Apr. 9, 1847.

Served in the War with Mexico, in command of the District of the Upper Rio Grande, Mex., Sep. 23, 1847, to June 30, 1848.

Disbanded, July 31, 1848.

Joined in the Rebellion of 1861‑66 against the United States.​a

Civil History. — Sugar Planter, Iberville Parish, La., 1848‑78.

Died, Sep. 6,​b 1888, at St. Louis, Mo.: Aged 88.

Buried, Live Oak Cemetery, Pass Christian, MS.

The Author's Note:

1 Was the son of Captain Edward Butler, Adjutant-General of Major-General Wayne's Army of the West.

Thayer's Notes:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record. His online footprint, however, seems to be very weak and I've been unable so far to pin it down. If you know something, please drop me a line, of course.

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b Both the Pass Christian cemetery page, linked above, and Find-a‑Grave give the date of his death as Sep. 5. Although there is no documentation on either page, in other cases the Register is occasionally off by a day or even several days from the inscription on the officer's tombstone — see for example Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Charles Davies, Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.John G. Foster — so the different date is plausible.

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