John Butler

John Butler was born in 1832, reportedly aboard a boat on Lake Erie.

In any case, by the time the war broke out John was living in Western Michigan.

John stood 5’6” with gray eyes, brown hair and a dark complexion, and was a 29-year-old lumberman possibly living in Newaygo County, Michigan, when he enlisted in Company C on May 23, 1861. He was taken prisoner on November 12, 1862, at Rappahannock, Virginia (possibly while on picket duty) and confined at Richmond the same day. He was discharged by order of confederate General Winder on February 22, 1863, (probably in consequence of being exchanged), and returned to his Regiment. John was wounded, probably in one of his legs, at Chancellorsville on May 3, 1863, and sent to the hospital on May 8. He was sick in the hospital through June, a provost guard in July and in the hospital in August and remained hospitalized until he was discharged on May 18, 1864, at St. Elizabeth’s hospital, Washington, DC for an amputated right leg due to gunshot wound.

It is not known if John ever returned to Michigan after the war.

In 1864 he applied for and received a pension (no. 26888).

He was probably living in Port Orange, Volusia County, Florida, when he died and was buried in Spruce Creek cemetery in Port Orange.

In 1920 there was one Benjamin F. Butler, born around 1869 in Michigan, then living in Port Orange, Florida.