Edward Butler (soldier)

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Edward Butler
Born (1762-03-20)March 20, 1762
Pennsylvania
Died May 6, 1803(1803-05-06) (aged 41)
Springfield, Tennessee
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1778–1783
1791–1803
Rank US-O3 insignia.svg Captain
Commands held Adjutant General
Inspector General
Battles/wars

American Revolutionary War

Northwest Indian War

Relations Richard Butler (brother)

Edward Butler (March 20, 1762 – May 6, 1803) was an officer in the United States Army who served as acting Adjutant General and acting Inspector General of the U.S. Army from 1793 to 1794 and from 1796 to 1797.

Early life[edit]

Edward Butler was born on March 20, 1762 in West Pennsboro Township, Pennsylvania.[1] He was one of five Butler brothers from Pennsylvania who served in the American Revolution.

Military career[edit]

Butler was commissioned an ensign in the 9th Pennsylvania Regiment on July 1, 1778 at the age of 16. He was promoted to lieutenant on January 28, 1779 and transferred to the 5th Pennsylvania Regiment on January 17, 1781. He was again transferred to the 3rd Pennsylvania Regiment on January 1, 1783 and was discharged on November 3, 1783 when the Continental Army was disbanded.

He was on original member of the Society of the Cincinnati along with three of his brothers.

He was a captain in the levies under Major General Arthur St. Clair and saw action at St. Clair's Defeat in which his brother Richard was killed and his brother Thomas was wounded.

He was commissioned a captain in the United States Army on March 5, 1792 and transferred to the 4th Sub-Legion on September 4, 1792.

On July 18, 1793 he was appointed Adjutant and Inspector of the United States Army and served until May 13, 1794. He was assigned as a captain in the 4th Infantry Regiment on November 1, 1796. He was transferred to the 2nd Infantry Regiment on April 1, 1802.

He died on May 6, 1803.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Egle 1883, p. 15

References[edit]

Military offices
Preceded by
Michael Rudolph (acting)
Adjutant General of the U. S. Army
July 18, 1793 – May 13, 1794 (acting)
Succeeded by
John Mills (acting)
Preceded by
Jonathan Haskell
Adjutant General of the U. S. Army
August 1, 1796 – February 27, 1797 (acting)
Succeeded by
Thomas H. Cushing (acting)
Preceded by
Michael Rudolph (acting)
Inspector General of the U.S. Army
July 18, 1793 – May 13, 1794 (acting)
Succeeded by
John Mills (acting)
Preceded by
Jonathan Haskell
Inspector General of the U.S. Army
August 1, 1796 – February 27, 1797 (acting)
Succeeded by
Thomas H. Cushing (acting)