Actions
Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Butlers in:
 • Little Big Horn Battlefield National Monument
 • Little Big Horn Battle Site
 • Big Horn County
 • Montana
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Community Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Sgt James Butler
Birth: 1844
Albany
Albany County
New York, USA
Death: Jun. 25, 1876
Little Big Horn Battle Site
Big Horn County
Montana, USA

1st Sgt Butler was the veteran 1st Sergeant of the 7th U.S. Cavalry. He was described as 5'5", grey eyes, sandy hair with a ruddy complexion. His civilian occupation was farmer. Butler first enlisted, with the consent of his mother, into the army on April 3, 1860 at Albany NY.

On September 5, 1860, he arrived at Ft Garland, New Mexico & was assigned to the 2nd US Cavalry. After several re-enlistments Butler was assigned to L Company, 7th US Cavalry at Ft Leavenworth, KS on June 26, 1870. L Company was commanded by Lt James Calhoun, LTC George Custer's brother-in-law.

At the Battle of the Little Bighorn, L Company was attached to Custer's Battalion. Two days after the battle, Butler's body was one of the first bodies found. His body, scalped and mutilated, was discovered on or near (depending on which witness account) a ridge overlooking Medicine Tail Coulee Ford and the Little Bighorn River. This area was some distance from the Custer Battlefield. There were no other bodies in the area.

Over the years there has been a lot of speculation regarding why this senior sergeant died alone & so far from the main battlefield & where most of Company L had fought & died. It is believed by many researchers that Butler could have been dispatched as one of several couriers to hurry along Maj Reno & Capt Benteen.

Surrounding & under Butler's body were numerous spent cartridge casings. The many casings appeared to indicate that Butler, who was a known marksman, had put up a good fight, before dying from several wounds.

Warrior particpants of the battle in later interviews reported pursuing a lone soldier from Calhoun Ridge for a long distance. Just as the pursuing warriors decided to give up on the chase; the soldier, for unknown reasons, suddenly stopped and dismounted. The warriors quickly moved in on him.

It is possible that this lone soldier was Butler. Butler was originally buried near where his marker stands today.

In 1881 all known battlefield burials were moved to a mass grave on Last Stand Hill.

On October 21, 1881, his mother was awarded a survivor's pension. The mother was unaware that her son had married, and her pension was rescinded and awarded to his widow. 
 
Burial:
Little Big Horn Battlefield National Monument
Little Big Horn Battle Site
Big Horn County
Montana, USA
Plot: Mass Grave Last Stand Hill
 
Created by: Randy
Record added: Jun 20, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14663448
Sgt James Butler
Added by: Randy
 
Sgt James Butler
Added by: Randy
 
Sgt James Butler
Added by: Randy
 
 
There is 1 more photo not showing...
Click here to view all images...
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.

You will live in the hearts of the brave forever.
- Daniel Snyder
 Added: Mar. 12, 2015
From one NCO to another. Rest in Peace. Very possible we are related
- Gary K. Butler
 Added: Jan. 25, 2014

- Gary K Butler
 Added: Jan. 25, 2014
There are 10 more notes not showing...
Click here to view all notes...
 
This page is sponsored by: Randy

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service