Alden Buttrick (1831 - 1863)

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Birthplace: Concord, MA, USA
Death: Died in Grove Church, Virginia, United States
Cause of death: pneumonia
Managed by: Michael Reid Delahunt, art teacher & lexicographer
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About Alden Buttrick

Alden Buttrick was born Dec 25, 1831, died June 3, 1863, and buried [reinterred in] Arlington National Cemetery. He fought with John Brown in Kansas and in the Civil War was a private, Co. H, 1st Michigan Infantry Volunteers. He was wounded at Gaines Mills, VA, taken prisoner and confined at Castle Thunder, Richmond, VA. It would seem that he married Mary A. Brooks, born in Sterling, MA. She was daughter of Nathaniel and Mary Brooks. As Mary A. Buttrick, at age 30, she married at Boston, May 15, 1864, William W. Armstrong, 45, who was born in Auburn, N.Y., son of Henry and Susan. This was the second marriage for both."

Source: Richard Porter Butrick. Butrick, Butterick, Buttrick in the U.S.A 1635 - 1978. ISBN: 0-9602548-0-3. Published 1979. Alden Buttrick is listed here as person number G560, page 50.

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Private Alden Buttrick, Co. H, 1st Michigan Volunteer Infantry. "The son of Stedman and Mary H. (Hunt) Buttrick, was born in Concord, December 25, 1831. He was the great grandson of Major John Buttrick, who commanded our Militia at the Old North Bridge, April 19, 1775. He was [c.1855-57] with John Brown in Kansas, and fought for the cause of freedom there until Kansas became a free state. [When Kansas was officially opened to settlement by the U.S. government in 1854, abolitionist Free-Staters from New England and pro-slavery settlers from neighboring Missouri rushed to the territory to determine if Kansas would become a free state or a slave state. Thus, the area was a hotbed of violence and chaos in its early days as these forces collided, and was known as Bleeding Kansas. The abolitionists eventually prevailed and on January 29, 1861, Kansas entered the Union as a free state.] At the outbreak of the war he was working on a farm at Ypsilanti, Michigan, and enlisted from there June 15, 1861, as a private... He was wounded in battle at Gaines' Mills, Virginia, June 27, 1862, was taken prisoner three days after, was kept a prisoner at Savage's Station [during a battle there on June 29, 2,500 previously wounded Union soldiers were captured in the Union army's field hospital], and at Castle Thunder, in Richmond, for one month, his entire sustenance for that time being an insufficient supply of paste made of flour and water. He was removed from Castle Thunder to the parole camp at Chester, Pennsylvania, where he suffered some months from his [thigh] wound, and from sickness. He rejoined his regiment but a few weeks before his death, which occurred in camp, at Grove Church, Virginia, June 3, 1863, from pneumonia. He was first buried in land of one Kinloe, southeast of Martinsburg, Virginia, and was thence removed and is now buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia, Grace 67, Row 16, Section E, Block 2." [Concord Town Report 1882, 83.]

Posted by Michael R. Delahunt, Sept. 19, 2012.

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The Concord Public Library has a letter written by Alden Buttrick in its collection:

A. Buttrick, 1: ALS, Alden Buttrick to Lucy A. Brimblecom ("Dear Cousin Lucy"), Camp Gaines Hill, Va., 1862 June 5, with envelope. (AMC 075; purchased at online auction, 2002 Apr., as gift of Leslie P. Wilson.)

Another letter from Alden Buttrick to his cousin Lucy is in the collection of Dan Hunter, about whom see below.

Posted by Michael R. Delahunt, Sept. 19, 2012.

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On Sept. 18, 2012, Dan Hunter (danhunter2002@yahoo.com) sent an email message to Michael Delahunt, manager of this Geni profile, asking about Michael's knowledge of Alden Buttrick. Dan wrote:

I bought a letter years ago that was written by him in 1862. He served in the 1st Michigan Infantry and was wounded at Gaines Mill, VA. in 1862 and he was taken prisoner. He was released and then he died from disease in 1863 in VA. The letter was written to his cousin. I collect Civil War letters that are written in the area where I live and the 1st Michigan was stationed in Maryland guarding the railroads. It makes you wonder where the rest of his letters are. I am sure they passed down in his family. I would love to find a picture of him.

Posted Sept. 19, 2012, to Geni by Michael Reid Delahunt

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Castle Thunder, located in Richmond, Virginia, was a former tobacco warehouse located on Tobacco Row, converted into a prison used by the Confederacy to house civilian prisoners, including captured Union spies, political prisoners and those charged with treason during the American Civil War. A large number of its inmates were sentenced to death. Even though the inmates were sometimes allowed boxes of medicine and other supplies, the prison guards had a reputation for brutality.

The prison's most notorious commandant was Capt. George W. Alexander. As a Confederate soldier fighting in Maryland, Alexander was captured in 1861. While awaiting execution by the Union Army, he escaped and fled to Richmond. Once in Richmond, Alexander took command of the Castle Thunder Prison. Security at the prison was intense under Alexander. Prisoners are said to have complained of Alexander's brutality.

Source: Downloaded Sept 22, 2012, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castle_Thunder_(prison)

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Pvt. Alden Buttrick (USA)'s Timeline

1831
December 25, 1831
Concord, MA, USA
1863
June 3, 1863
Age 31
Grove Church, Virginia, United States
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Arlington, Virginia, United States