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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 found some distance from the main battlefield on a ridge overlooking Medicine Coulee and the Little Bighorn River. There were no other bodies in the area. Over the years legends have grown over the demise of Butler & why this senior sergeant died alone so far from his company and the main battlefield. It is believed Bulter may have been sent in one last attempt to hurry along Maj Reno and Capt Benteen to join up with Custer's Battalion. When Butler was found, there were numerous spent cartridge casings surrounding his body. The casings appeared to indicate Butler, who was a known marksman, had put up a good fight, before dying. Warrior particpants of the battle later 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 dismoutned. It is possible that this lone soldier was Butler. Butler was originally buried where his marker stands today. In 1881 all known battlefield burials were moved to a mass grave on Last Stand Hill. 
 
Burial:
Little Big Horn Battlefield
Crow Agency
Big Horn County
Montana, USA
Plot: Mass Grave Last Stand Hill
 
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Record added: Jun 20, 2006
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From one NCO to another. Rest in Peace. Very possible we are related
- Gary K. Butler
 Added: Jan. 25, 2014

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 Added: Jan. 25, 2014

- Muriel Butler
 Added: Nov. 26, 2013
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