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 Edmond Butler

Edmond Butler

Clonmel, County Tipperary, Ireland
Death 21 Aug 1895 (aged 67)
Trouville-sur-Mer, Departement du Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France
Burial Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA
Plot Section 2, Block 3, Lot 9
Memorial ID 12326 · View Source
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Indian Wars Medal of Honor Recipient. He received the award on November 27, 1894 for his actions as a captain in Company C, 5th Infantry, US Army, at the Battle of Wolf Mountain, Montana, during the Indian Wars. Born Edmond Thomas Butler in Ireland, he emigrated to the US in 1861 soon after the outbreak of the America Civil War, and joined the 5th Infantry, US Army as a 2nd lieutenant in October of that year, serving first as an inspector of volunteer units in Kansas and Missouri. In 1862 he was sent to the New Mexico Territory where he was promoted to the rank of captain and aided with the reconstruction of Fort Bliss, and later engaged in an expedition against the Navajos Indians. In 1866 he transferred to Kansas and three years later he voluntarily joined an expedition against the Pawnee Indians. In 1874 he served under US Army Colonel Nelson A. Miles during the Red River War in Texas (1874) and in the Black Hills War in the Northern Plains (1876 to 1877), the latter in pursuit of Lakota Sioux Chief Sitting Bull following Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer's disastrous defeat at the Battle of Little Bighorn in Montana Territory. In January 1877 his forces under Colonel Miles engaged the Sioux and Cheyenne Indians at the Battle of Wolf Mountain where the US won a strategic victory. Later that year, he escorted Nez Perce Chief Joseph to Fort Buford, Dakota Territory, near present-day Williston, North Dakota. In the 1880s he was assigned to Fort Snelling, Minnesota and Fort Keogh, Montana to guard construction parties that were building the Northern Pacific Railroad. He retired from the US Army in March 1891 at the rank of lieutenant colonel with 30 years of military service. Following his retirement, he went to Europe and died in Trouville, France around the age of 68. His Medal of Honor citation simply reads: "Most distinguished gallantry in action with hostile Indians on 8 January 1877, while serving with 5th U.S. Infantry, in action at Wolf Mountain, Montana.

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