George Butts

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George Butts
Born 1838
Rome, New York
Died February 17, 1902
Buried Ridgelawn Cemetery
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Navy
Rank Gunner's Mate
Unit Ohio U.S. Navy
Battles/wars Red River Campaign
Awards Medal of Honor

Gunner's Mate George Butts (1838 to February 17, 1902) was an American soldier who fought in the American Civil War. Butts received the country's highest award for bravery during combat, the Medal of Honor, for his action aboard the USS Signal during the Red River Campaign on 6 May 1864. He was honored with the award on 31 December 1864.[1][2]


Butts was born in Rome, New York in 1838. He enlisted into the United States Navy. He died on 17 February 1902 and his remains are interred at the Ridgelawn Cemetery in Ohio.

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Proceeding up the Red River, the U.S.S. Signal engaged a large force of enemy field batteries and sharpshooters, returning their fire until the ship was totally disabled, at which time the white flag was raised. Although entered on the sick list, Butts courageously carried out his duties during the entire engagement.[1][2]

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  1. ^ a b "Civil War (A-L) Medal of Honor Recipients". Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "George Butts". Retrieved 30 November 2013.