- Edmond Butler
Infobox Military Person
name= Edmond Butler
born= birth date|1827|9|19
died= death date and age|1895|8|21|1827|9|19
Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Omaha, Nebraska
caption= Edmond Butler
allegiance= United States of America Union
United States Army Union Army
American Civil War Indian Wars
Medal of Honor
Edmund or Edmond Butler (March 19, or September 19, 1827-August 21, 1895) was a U.S. Army officer who served with the Union Army during the
American Civil Warand later became a prominent Indian fighter in the Northern Plains, Rocky Mountainsand southwest United Statesin the post-Civil War era. In 1877, he was awarded the Indian Wars Congressional Medal of Honor for gallantry against the Sioux and Cheyenne at Battle of Wolf Mountain.
Edmond Bulter was born in Ireland and immigrated to the United States as a young man. Shortly after arriving in
Brooklyn, New York, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and commissioned as a second lieutenant in the 5th U.S. Infantryin October 1861. He was also assigned to special duty with the inspector of volunteer units in Kansasand Missouri.
In 1862, he was sent to the
New Mexico Territoryand later assisted in the reconstruction of Fort Bliss after its recapture by the Union. He was eventually reassigned to Fort Wingate, New Mexicoand, in 1865, commanded an expedition against the Navajos living in Canyon de Chelly. Intercepting a Navajo raiding party under Manuelito Grande, he recovered a number of sheep and other livestock taken from the neighboring Apache. After a period of 22-days, in which he had covered 720 miles, 31 Navajos were killed while another 27 were captured. He was also involved in the relocation of 3,000 Navajo to the Fort Sumner Reservationon the Pecos River.
Transferred to Kansas in 1866, he spent two years there before being assigned to the
Beecher Island-site in December 1868 to bring in the bodies of the soldiers killed during the Battle of Beecher Island. Despite a large Sioux presence in the area, Butler successfully removed the bodies from the site despite being "under the fire of the main body of Sioux". However, he was unable to find the remains of Lieutenant Fredrick H. Beecherand Acting Surgeon J.H. Mooer suggesting their bodies had been removed by the Sioux "probably in revenge for rifling Sioux graves on the Republican (earlier by camp followers)".
During 1869, while assigned to guard the
Fort Wallace- Denverstage route, Bulter volunteered to join an expedition under Lieutenant Colonel Charles R. Woodsagainst the Pawnees.
Returning to Kansas in October 1871, he was assigned to operations to control "organized land-leaguers" in the southeast. Three years later, he served with Lieutenant General
Nelson A. Milesduring the Red River Campaignand in the Black Hills Warin which he led six companies in pursuit of Sitting Bull. Although Sitting Bull and Gall escaped to Canada, he was involved in the capture of eight other Sioux chieftains and around 700 lodges.
On January 8, 1877, Bulter took part in the engagement against the Sioux at Wolf Mountain. In command of Company C, he was commanded for his actions during the battle for "conspicuous gallantry in leading his command against greatly superior numbers of hostile Indians, strongly entrenched" and receiving a berevet of major and officially awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Later that year, he escorted
Chief Josephand other Nez Perce to Fort Bufordbetween October-November 1877. During the early 1880s, he was stationed at Fort Snelling, Minnesota, Fort Keogh, Montana and guarded construction parties of the Northern Pacific Railroad. He also held numerous staff positions and eventually awarded the rank of lieutenant colonel shortly before his retirement on March 9, 1891. He died in Trouville, France three years later and, his body being returned to the United States, later buried in Holy Sepulchre Cemeteryin Omaha, Nebraska.
List of Medal of Honor recipients
*Greene, Jerome A. "Battles and Skirmishes of the Great Sioux War, 1876-1877: The Military View". Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1993. ISBN 0-8061-2669-8
*Thrapp, Dan L. "Encyclopedia of Frontier Biography: In Three Volumes, Volume I (A-F)". Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1988. ISBN 0-8032-9418-2
*Miles, Nelson A. "Personal Recollections". Chicago: Riverside Publishing Company, 1897.
*Beyer, Walter Frederick and Oscar Frederick Keydel. "Deeds of Valor, Vol. II". Detroit: Perrien-Keydel Company, 1907.
*findagrave|12326 Retrieved on 2008-08-06
* [http://www.homeofheroes.com/gravesites/states/pages_af/butler_edmond.html Edmond Thomas Bulter] , Photo of Grave site of MOH Recipient Edmond Butler
NAME= Butler, Edmond
United States Army Medal of Honorrecipient
DATE OF BIRTH=September 19, 1827
PLACE OF BIRTH=
DATE OF DEATH=August 21, 1895
PLACE OF DEATH=Trouville, Normandy,
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