Known CSA Veterans at Cedar Hill
Vicksburg, Mississippi

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Edward S. Butts
[Edward Scott Butts]
May 31, 1907



He was a pall bearer from Camp 32, UCV, at the funeral
of CSA vet William George (died 19 Jul 1904).

When enlisted, he was a law student and resided in Vicksburg. He gave his age as 24. He enterecd the war as a Corporal and left as a Captain.

At war's end, he was paroled at Richmond on 13 May 1865.

His record is at fold3 at


Edward Scott Butts enlisted 15 May 1861 in Vicksburg at age 23 in Capt. D. N. Moody's Company, Mississippi Volunteers. He signed up for the war. This company later became a part of the 21 Miss Inf, and Butts Company designation eventually became H.

Note on Regiment:

Capt. D. N. Moody's Company subsequently became Co. A, 21st Regiment Mississippi Infantry. About Sept 1861, Companies K and L were added and the name changed to 21st Regiment Mississippi Infantry.

3 Corp. Edward S. Butts was made 5 Sergeant 1 Oct 1861. Sgt. Major (Jul 1862) Butts was elected Lieutenant in Co. H and on 1 Jan 1863, he transferred to that company. On the company muster roll for Jan and Feb 1863, he is noted as being the acting A.G.M. On 26 Aug of that same year, he was promoted to Captain.


Note one card states his birthplace as in Alabama, the other, in Virginia.


Edward Butts wrote this letter dated 1 Jul 1862 to Judah Benjamin, Secretary of the Navy, in Richmond. In it, he sought promotion to Lieutenant in the Army of the Confederate States. He included a handful of recommendations by officers.

Col. Humphrey, Cmdg, 21 Miss. Reg, wrote a lengthy paragraph. It is difficult to read, but this is an attempt at transposing it.

"Mr. Butts is a gentleman of higher social sensibilities in Mississippi, whose education and status have prepared him for the practice of law profession at the bar. In the ranks he was one of the best soldiers of this regiment. As Sergeant he is faithful and lacks nothing in the discharge of all his duties. ...and application to whatever business he undertakes, I doubt not he would soon become an accomplished officer."

A letter seeking promotion written to the Hon. Walker Brooke.


The end of the Brooke letter. Capt. D. N. Moody, mentioned in the lower left hand corner, is the man who enlisted Butts on 15 May 1861.


A letter seeking promotion written to the Hon. George Randolph.


The end of the Randolph letter. Note the signature of Edward S. Butts.



Why was he called Gen. Butts if he left service as Captain?

From the Daily Commercial, Oct 11, 1879, Vicksburg, pg. 4

The St. Louis Times-Journal, in a recent issue, pays our distinguished fellow-citizen Gen. E. Scott Butts, president of the Vicksburg bank, the following deserved compliment, which we give space to with great pleasure. Gen. Butts was not, however the captain of the Volunteer Southrons which was company A of the 21st Mississippi regent, Humphreys brigade, Army of Northern Virginia, but served with conspicuous gallantry and commendable fidelity, first, as third corporal in company A, 21st, Mississippi; 4th sergeant in the same company in the years 1861 and 1862. In 1863, he was promoted to the captaincy of company H 21st Mississippi and in 1864 served on the staff of Brigadier General B. G. Humphreys, as assistant adjutant and inspector general, vice Major Hobart furloughed on account of desperate wounds. Gen. Butts, like many other soldiers of repute was true to the end, until the “red cross flag”
 was furled at Appomattox and as he won his honors amid the tempests of innumerable battle-fields we trust he will wear them long. As a citizen his name is a synonym for energy and integrity, and in the dread epidemic of last year he proved by his constancy the truth of Bayard Taylor’s song:

“The bravest are the tenderest,
The loving are the daring.”

He was elected captain of the Volunteer Southrons at their reorganization after the war, and officiated as grand marshall at the last decoration of the graves of those ex-Confederate soldiers who are buried in the cemetery near this city.

The distinguished citizen general, whose name stands above, is well-known to every business man in St. Louis as the head of that prosperous institution, the Vicksburg bank. Gen. Butts is a native of Alabama and a resident of Mississippi for the past twenty years. At the breaking out of the war Mr. Butts was a merchant, and though young in years, he espoused the cause of the South and entered the army as a corporal in the well-known crack company of Vicksburg—the Volunteer Southrons. It was not long before young Butts made his way to the captaincy by his gallant conduct and heroic service, and as soon as the war closed he began an active business career by accepting a position in the Vicksburg bank. By that same indomitable energy which characterized him as a soldier, he worked his way up until now he is the president of one of the most solid ranking institutions in the Southern country. In commercial circles the name of General Butts and his bank stand amng the best. The following extract from a Vicksburg paper shows the opinion his own people have of the subject of this sketch:

A letter from Jackson informs us that his Excellency Gov. J. M. Stone has appointed and commissioned Capt. Edward Scott Butts, of this city, to be a brigadier-general of the Mississippi militia, vice J. D. Vertner, Esq, who declined the appointment. We congratulate Gen. Butts upon this evidence of the confidence of the chief magistrate of the State, and we congratulate Gov. Stone upon his selection of so capable and efficient an officer. Gen. Butts served for four years with great credit in the army of Northern Virginia. As a company commander, he won the confidence of his superior officers, and was distinguished for the energy and promptness with which he discharged all the duties of a soldier. Gen. Butts is a gentleman of fine intelligence, excellent judgment and great force of character; and if it should become necessary for him to assume the command of his brigade for active service, he will know precisely what to do and how to do it.” – St. Louis Times-Journal.

[Note: John Marshall Stone served as governor of Mississippi twice, 1876-1882 and 1890-1895]



Photo by Bryan Skipworth

The Butts lot in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Vicksburg, Miss.


Photo by William Sanders

Another view of the Butts lot. In the shady background, to the right of the large monument is the lot of George Marshall (CSA veteran) and his wife, Mrs. S. H. Marshall. Also buried in the Marshall lot are CSA veterans Marye Dabney, Brig. Gen. Edwin Green (unmarked), and Dr. Granville Cameron

The grave of Edward S. Butts is located on the front row, second stone from the right.

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