Col Frederick William Buttinghaus

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Col Frederick William Buttinghaus

  • Birth unknown Germany
  • Death 8 Sep 1888 Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA
  • Burial Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA
  • Plot Lot 209 Sect Evg
  • Memorial ID 100297537

Memphis City Directories show he was an attorney. Newspaper sources indicate he was appointed by the mayor of Memphis to be a city assessor and he also held a recordership position. He was a member of the local Teutonic League and in 1874 served as the treasurer of that organization. Over several years he served on a variety of Mardi Gras Committees. In 1867 he served on the Financial Committee for the Board of School Visitors and was also a delegate to the Brownlow Convention in Nashville. In 1868 his wife "was the recipient...of a serenade from the German Casino band, on the occasion of her birthday. In appreciation of the compliment the house of the Colonel was opened to the serenaders." In 1869 he was elected as a city Alderman for the Ninth Ward for the "Radical" party.

He was a member and officer of the United Ancient Order of Druids serving as Treasurer and elected as "D.A.G." In 1870 He and Lewis Amis established a United Ancient Order of Druids in Little Rock Arkansas. He was also a speaker at the "German Peace Jubilee in Memphis" held in March 1871. "At Cochran Hall our German fellow-citizens assembled to hear an address in German from Colonel Buttinghaus, who recounted the ancient and modern glories of the Fatherland, and congratulated his republican countrymen on the fact that Germany was united under the Emperor William, through the statesmanship of Bismarck and the generalship of Von Moltke, the Crown Prince and Prince Frederick Charles." In May 1871 he was a speaker at the German "Maifest". In 1872 he ran for the office of "Privilege Tax Collector" but withdrew his name in favor of J. Harvey Mathes.

During the Civil War he was a Captain (Co. F, 3rd Battalion, Tennessee Infantry (Memphis Battalion) in the Confederate Army. I don't know where or when he received the rank of Colonel but in several newspaper accounts he was referred to as "Colonel".

Interred September 10, 1888. 67 years at the time of his death. Cause of death: Dysentery. Shelby County Register of Deaths and Elmwood Burial Records.

Memphis Bulletin
September 21, 1864

It will be seen by an advertisement in another column that Col. F. W. Buttinghaus has resigned the command of the 3d Regiment of the Enrolled Militia, to the command of which General Buckland has appointed 1st Lieutenant M. T. William son, 73d Regiment Ohio Infantry, with the rank of Colonel.
It is proper to state that the resignation of Col. Buttinghaus was not induced by pique at not having the flags awarded as was generally anticipated they would by the regiment on last Monday [19th]. Other circumstances and the claims of his official duties necessitated his withdrawal. Col. Buttinghaus is a public spirited gentleman, and had taken a deep interest in the militia of Memphis, but some matters in the regiment have not been altogether harmonious, and he desired to devote his whole time to the Recordership, in which he is certainly a terror to evil doers. It is not at all unlikely that they maybe a vacancy in another of the prominent positions in the militia.


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  • Created by: Mary & Kent
  • Added: 6 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100297537
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Col Frederick William Buttinghaus (unknown–8 Sep 1888), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100297537, citing Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Mary & Kent (contributor 47170788) .