“Captain James M. S. Butcher –
He left more than ‘His Mark’ behind as his legacy.”
Letters written in his own hand
Captain James M. S. Butcher;
“Reel # 942, page 19, Series M653, of the 1860 U.S. Federal Census: the Butcher family is shown residing in North Lewisburg (Lewisburgh).
John M. Butcher’s age was 42, and occupation is shown as physician.
Nancy age 35; male, J. M. S., age 22, occupation listed as “teacher of penmanship”; female, M. J. age 20, occupation listed as “school teacher”; female, E. A., age 17; male, J. C., age 15 and Minerva Helms, age 4.
Even though Captain James M. S. Butcher led a short life, dying at age 28, he left a legacy that should not be forgotten.
Dr. John Milton Butcher was married twice. First, to Mary Ann Johnson who was born on December 15, 1816. They married on December 8, 1836. Mary Ann Johnson Butcher died on February 10, 1842.
On February 23, 1843, Dr. John Milton Butcher married Nancy Brock who was born on September 22, 1823. Nancy Brock Butcher died on August 8, 1898.
James M.S. Butcher was Mustered-In as a 1st Sergeant on September 24, 1861 at Fort Wayne, Indiana for 3 years. During his time fighting in the Civil War, he was promoted several times; finally becoming a Captain.
Captain James M. S. Butcher was wounded
at Murfreesboro or Stone River, Tennessee – December 30 to January 3, 1863
Captain James M. S. Butcher suffered a gun shot wound of his left hand.
January 8, 1863
Captain James M. S. Butcher was wounded at Chickamauga – contusion of the ankle joint.
September 19-20 1863