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Pvt Henry Butler
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Birth: 1840
Vermont, USA
Death: Nov. 19, 1862
Washington County
Maryland, USA

Pvt. I Co. 15th MA Infantry.

On 6 Mar 1862 Henry married Sarah C. Paul, daughter of Joseph and Calista Paul, at Webster, Massachusetts.

...from the Webster Times, Volume IV # 38, November 15, 1862.....
Death of a Volunteeer
The name of Henry Butler will be recognized as on the list of Webster volunteers in the Fifteenth Mass regiment. It will be remembered that he was seriously wounded at the battle of Antietam, and he has since been lying in the Smoketown hospital, Keittsville, Maryland. He has however been improving slowly, and his friends here were believing that he would soon be able to return to his home, when suddenly the information reached his wife a few days since, that he was dead. Under the circumstances, his death is indeed a sad blow to her; and we are sure that she has the sympathy of our entire population. This adds another to the list of Webster's martyred sons, sacrificed upon the alter of country and liberty.

We publish below a letter received by the wife of the deceased, a fortnight before his death. It possesses especial interest in being the last token of affection she can ever receive from him.

Smoketown Hospital
Oct. 21, 1862

My dear Wife:
I have got a friend to write you a few lines, to let you know that I am yet in the land of the living, although suffering a severe wound received in the Battle of Antietam. I was struck by a ball in the right thigh, close to the hip joint, the ball passing through the limb, fracturing the bone, and has proved very painful, but is doing as well as can be expected under the circumstances.

We are very well situated, and have as good care as can be expected. It will doubtless take some time for my wound to heal so that I can be moved: but as soon as it is considered safe I shall be sent home. I hope the time is not far distant when we shall meet each other again, in that happy home where we have spent so many days: and may it be our lot to enjoy a renewal of those scenes which have been so ardently enjoyed by us and our friends. For the realization of all this prospective happiness, we must trust that Being who doeth all things well. Don't borrow any trouble about me, you nor mother, for I feel pursuaded that we shall yet enjoy a long life together, after separation for a few weeks or months longer. I think I shall then know how to appreciate a home, and the presence of those I hold dear.

I will Write again as soon as circumstances will permit; when I am able to write myself, I will give you a full account of all that occurred during the battle, so far as relates to myself. I shall anxiously expect an answer to this, which do not delay unneccesarily. I have not received any pay for six months, wages for that time being now due. It cannot be long before payment will be made.

From your affectionate husband
Henry Butler

Antietam National Cemetery
Washington County
Maryland, USA
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Pvt Henry Butler
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