Butler, Walter

Butler, Walter,

1752?–1781, Loyalist officer in the American Revolution, b. New York State; son of John ButlerButler, John,
1728–96, Loyalist commander in the American Revolution, b. New London, Conn. He served in the French and Indian Wars and distinguished himself especially by leading the Native Americans in the successful British attack (1759) under Sir William Johnson against
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. He was an officer in his father's Loyalist troop, Butler's Rangers. He was captured (1777) by the patriots and sentenced to death, but the sentence was commuted. He escaped and in 1778 led the Rangers in a raid. This ended with the Cherry Valley massacre, for which his Native American commander, Joseph BrantBrant, Joseph,
1742–1807, chief of the Mohawk. His Mohawk name is usually rendered as Thayendanegea. He served under Sir William Johnson in the French and Indian War, and Johnson sent him (1761) to Eleazar Wheelock's school for Native Americans in Lebanon, Conn.
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, blamed Butler. Walter Butler was killed in a skirmish with patriot troops under Marinus WilletWillet, Marinus
, 1740–1830, American Revolutionary soldier, b. Jamaica, N.Y. In the French and Indian War he was (1758) a member of the expeditions against Fort Ticonderoga and Fort Frontenac.
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 in the Mohawk valley.


See H. Swiggett, War out of Niagara (1933, repr. 1963).

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