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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Images Of That Great War........

This July is the 150 anniversary of my gggrandfather William H. Butler leaving his home in Walton Co Ga and heading to Virginia to join thousand of others at the start of the Civil War. Their train was delayed so the Walton Volunteer Home Guard missed the First Battle of Manassas. The July sun and heat made dead on the battlefield fill the air with death.This confederate victory gave everyone pause and realize that this would not be a quick victory or a bloodless one. Drinking water was soon contaminated and sickness went through the ranks. William was soon sick with typhoid fever and was sent to a hospital in Richmond where he was discharged disabled August 10, 1861. His discharge papers were signed by General J. H. Winder. Across the top of the discharge is written, "Transportation Furnished". The train ride home was long and with a fever I don't know how he made it. Just the thought of making it home was probably what kept him going. And thankfully he did make it home. He died in his own bed September 18.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Happy Birthday America!

Our  Butler Colonial grandfathers gave us the gift of Freedom in 1776.  Zachariah Butler, and his sons Patrick, and James were part of a revolution that changed the course of history.
Do we take it for granted today..sometimes I think we do.

The courage to come to America and the courage to rebel against England is in our DNA.