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Butler, Orson D.

Age: 26, credited to Sheldon, VT
Unit(s): 51st IL INF
Service: 2LT, Co. D, 51st IL INF

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Birth: 09/12/1839, Sheldon, VT
Death: 04/29/1911

Burial: Columbus Cemetery, Columbus, NE
Gravestone researcher/photographer:
Findagrave Memorial #: 19611231
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 10/14/1899, NE; widow Margaret L., 5/22/1911, NE
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: None

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Orson Douglas Butler, formerly living north of this city, but later a resident of Lincoln, died last Thursday evening at the home of his son, Al after an illness of ten days. Mr. Bular was born in Bennington, Vermont September 12, 1839.

When the Civil War broke out he was a resident of Illinois, and in December enlisted as a volunteer in Company D, Fifty-first Illinois Infantry, serving three and one half years, one year and a half of which was re-enlistment. He serve as a private, and then was promoted successively to corporal, sargeant and second lieutenant, and for one year was in command of two different companies on account of absence and disability. He was taken prisoner at Nashville, Tenn, Nov. 10. 1864 and confined in Andersonville, Ga. Prison for three months. On March 10, 1864 he was married to Margaret Louise Taylor at Metamora, Ill, who still survives him.

Mr. Butler moved to Columbus and Platte County with his family in 1882, and settled on a farm four miles north of the village, where he lived for seventeen years, moving to Lincoln in 1908. He was on a visit to his sons, Al., Ed, and Forest, when taken with his last illness. Besides his widow he leaves four sons, Walter W. Butler of Lincoln, Edward and Albert Butler of Columbus, Forest of Monroe, and Mrs. George Mentzen, and Mrs. Elon Nelson of Lincoln.

Funeral services were held Saturday from the home of his son, Al, being conducted by Rev. C. W. Ray, pastor of the Methodist church, a d burial was in the Columbus cemetery.

Columbus (NE) Journal, May 3, 1911
Courtesy of Deanna French