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efTort was made to unite with Johnston's army, but the attefflf^t
was given up and the command disbanded, after reaching Chatham,
Va. During his service he was repeatedly struck by the enemy's
bullets and slightly Wounded, but never so severely as to disable
him. Since the war he has been engaged in farming. He is a
man of influence, was educated at Roanoke college, and is highly
esteemed by his Community.

Holt Fairfield Butt, M. D., of Portsmouth, Va., a representative
of a patriotic family of southeastern Virginia, was born at Ports-
mouth, in March, 1835. His father, Dr. Robert Bruce Butt, who
Was born in Norfolk county in 1789 and served as a surgeon in
the war of 1812, was the son of Robert Butt, a native of Norfolk
county, who served in the Virginia legislature soon after the Rev-
olutionary war. He married a daughter of Alexander Bruce.
This latter ancestor of Dr. Butt was the second son of Robert
Bruce, of Grangemyre, County of Fife, Scotland, and came to
Virginia about the year i^go. The mother of Dr. Butt, Mary Mar-
garet Wilson, was the daughter of Holt Wilson, a Portsmouth
merchant, and a grand-daughter of Col. John Wilson, a Revolu-
tionary soldier, whose wife was Margaret Bruce. It thus appears
that both paternally and maternally Dr. Butt is connected with
the famous Scottish family. In ante-bellum days Dr. Butt received
a thorough academic and professional education in the school of W.
R. Gait, Webster's institute, and the university of Virginia, and
Was graduated as doctor of medicine by the university of Penn-
sylvania in 1836. From that time until 1861 ht practiced at PortS"
mouth. At the outbreak of the civil war he held the rank of
surgeon of the Third regiment, Virginia militia, and he was sub-
sequently attached to Ramseur's battery and the Thirty-second
North Carolina infantry, army of Northern Virginia. Later he
was brigade surgeon of Daniel's North Carolina brigade,
Rodes' division, Second army corps. He went into service early
in 1861, serving about Portsmouth and on the James river until
Norfolk and that region were abandoned by the Confederate troops,
and afterward was with his command at Petersburg and through
the Peninsular campaign, and subsequent operations, including the
battle of Gettysburg. On the return of the army from Pennsyl-
vania he was ordered to General hospital No. 5. at Wilmington,
N. C, where he remained about eight months. Thence ordered to
Kittrell Springs, N. C, he established a well-organized hospital,
accommodating five hundred patients, and remained on duty
there until ordered to Greensboro, after General Lee's surrender,
and was soon afterward paroled. Returning to Portsmouth at
the close of his military experience, he resumed his practice as a
physician and surgeon, and since then has continued in this pro-
fessional work. He was the first president of the local medical
society, was for a considerable period quarantine officer, and phy-
sician to the almshouse, and is a member of the State medical
society and Medical association of eastern Virginia. In 1858 he
was married to Emily Sue, daughter of Dr. William S. Riddick,
of Portsmouth. Their children living are: Holt Fairfield; Virginia
Riddick, wife of Harry Lee Watts; Alexander Bruce; James Wil-


liam Sumner; Mary Margaret Wilson; Nannie Louise Page and
Robert Bruce.

W. J. Butt, of Norfolk, who has rendered his city valuable
service during the past twelve years as street and sanitary inspec-
tor, gave his State as faithful service during the war of the Con-
federacy as an artillery officer in the army of Northern Virginia.
He was born at Norfolk in 1831, the son of Samuel Butt, promi-
nent for many years as a contractor, who died in 1884. His
mother was Evelyn, daughter of John Brown, a captain in the
merchant marine. He was educated at the military academy at
Norfolk and was then engaged as a salesman in a bookstore until
the spring of 1861. He then enlisted in the Norfolk Light Artil-
lery, and at the reorganization entered the Huger battery, of which
he was a member during the remainder of the war, rising, by
steady promotion, from the rank of first sergeant to that of second
lieutenant of artillery. He was first stationed at Boush's Blufi,
then at Camp Talbot, and finally Ward's Farm, before the evacu-
ation of Norfolk. He accompanied the battery by way of Peters-
burg and Richmond to the field of the Peninsular campaign of 1862;
fought at Seven Pines, and then joined General Jackson's com-
mand at Warrenton Springs, where he was twice wounded. After
this he was in the hospital at Richmond for three months. On
his recovery he joined his command in winter quarters in Caroline
county, and in the spring of 1863 took part in the movements
which resulted in the battle of Chancellorsville. After this fight
he took part in several skirmishes of the Pennsylvania campaign,
and during the three days' battle of Gettysburg fought from the
opening to the close of the contest. Subsequently he was engaged
at Culpeper Court House and in the defense of Petersburg. His
last fight was at Hatcher's Run, where he was captured by the
enemy. He was confined for a short time at City Point and at
Johnson's island, Ohio, until he was paroled at the close of the
war. On his return to Norfolk, in i86s, he immediately resumed
his former occupation, the book trade, in which he has continued,
except during the period in which he has served the city as inspec-
tor of streets and sanitary improvements. The magnificent im-
provements which have been made in these departments in the
city are in a considerable degree due to his faithful and devoted
service. He was married in 1873 to Johanna, daughter of John
Page Eley, of Nansemond county, and they have three children
living: Mamie Wilson, wife of Compston Goffigan, and William
Duncan and Samuel Page, both in mercantile business.

George W. Butts, M. D., a prominent physician of Nansemond
county and a veteran of Stuart's cavalry, was born at Chuckatuck,
Va., in 1843. His father was Dr. E. A. Butts, a native of South-
ampton, who practiced medicine at Chuckatuck until his death in
184s, and his grandfather was Daniel Butts, a Virginian of English
ancestry. His mother was Mary M. Corbell, daughter of Col.
Samuel Corbell, a Virginia farmer and soldier of the war of 1812,
and a descendant of an English family which traces it ancestry
back to the Earls of Godwin. Dr. Butts was graduated in chem-
istry and mathematics at the university of Virginia in i860, and in
the spring following abandoned his further studies at the univer-
sity to enlist as a private in Company B, of the Thirteenth Virginia
cavalry regiment, under Col. J. R. Chambliss. With this regiment


he served in the brigade of Gen. W. H. F. Lee through the
Manassas and Maryland campaigns of 1862, the Gettysburg and
Bristoe campaigns of 1863, and fought from the Wilderness to the
James, and in frequent battles about Richmond and Petersburg,
and on the Weldon railroad, until he was taken seriously ill with
erysipelas and sent to the hospital at Kittrell Springs, N. C. He
was unable to return to the field during the remainder of the war,
which soon came to an end, and he surrendered and was paroled at
Norfolk after Appomattox. Without resources for continuing his
studies, he engaged in farming two years and then entered the
Richmond college of medicine, where he was graduated in 1868.
He at once embarked in the practice of his profession at Chucka-
tuck, where he has since continued with gratifying success. In
addition to his professional work he manages his estate, consisting
of two large farms in Nansemond county. The prosperity which
has attended his career and the esteem in which he is held are
each well deserved by the patriotism and manly virtues of his char-
acter. Walter Butts, the only brother of Dr. Butts, served as a
lieutenant in the Ninth Virginia infantry from the beginning of
the war to the battle of Gettysburg, where he was stricken down
as he reached the Federal breastworks on Cemetery ridge, and
died in hospital two days later. He was a student of medicine,
pr>eparing for college, when he enlisted in the army. Dr. Butts
was married in 1865 to Hattie C., daughter of Richard H. V. Den-
son, of Nansemond county, and they have three children living:
Charlotte A., wife of Henry Powell, of Norfolk; Georgia and

James A. Buxton, a loyal North Carolinian, who gave over two
years of his youth to the Confederate service, and is now a resi-
dent of Newport News, Va., was born in Northampton county,
N. C, January 10, 1845. His father, Thomas A. Buxton, who died
in 1856, was a native of Norfolk, Va., of English descent, and his
mother, Mildred Perry Buxton, was born in North Carolina. He
was educated at the academy of Prof. Benjamin E. Peele, a patri-
otic and gallant man, who closed his school when the war broke
out and served in the Confederate service until he fell at Malvern
Hill. On account of his youth, Mr. Buxton was kept at home
during the years, of 1861 and 1862, but during this time he mani-
fested his soldierly instincts by organizing and drilling a company
of boys, who elected him as their captain. In January, 1863, he
entered the service as a member of Company H, Second North
Carolina cavalry. Col. Sol Williams, brigade of W. H. F. Lee,
Stuart's cavalry division, army of Northern Virginia. He joined
his regiment in camp in Essex county, Va., and his first service
was in a raid toward Gloucester Point. In the famous battle of
Brandy Station, June 9, 1863, he actedas a sharpshooter, and was
struck by a spent ball but was not seriously hurt. Soon after this
he was detailed as a courier attached to the headquarters of Gen.
J. E. B. Stuart, and in this capacity he served during the raid
through Maryland and Pennsylvania, which ended at Gettysburg.
During this campaign he participated in the capture of a Federal
train of 190 wagons within sight of the capitol at Washington.
Through the winter of 1863-64 he acted as a member of the regi-
mental band, and early in 1865 he was detailed as a member of
the brigade provost guard. His command was disbanded at Dan-


Ville soon after the Surrender of General Lee's arftiy and he then
iieturried to his hOJne in North Carolina. He gave his aftenfioft
Soon afterward to ritercafitile ptffsuits, in which he haS since beefl
engaged, with gratifying' success. As a ffierch'arit and enterprisifig
citizen he was highly esteemed at his old hoftie, where he was
elected the first mayor of the town of Jackson and given several
other official positions. Siiice his removal to Newport News,
v^here he conducts 4 large furniture establishment, he has beeri
elected to the city council, and later preside'at of the eottncil. He
is a member of Magruder camp, Confederate Veterans. In \SfJZ
he tnarried Miss Rennie Peele, sister of his early preceptor, and she
having died in 1880, he was married in 1887 to Miss Isabel Metzlef.
He has four children living: Ruby, a teacher in the public schools
of Newport News; Ernest Perry, James Arnold and Margaret.

Richard Corbin Byrd, Sr., of Norfolk, born at Whitehall in
1837, enlisted in the military service of Virginia in April, 1861,
as a private in Company E, Twenty-sixth Virginia infantry. He
was soon appointed sergeant-major of the regiment, a position he
held until the reorganization of the army in I862. He was then
promoted lieutenant of his company. He was identified with the
service of his regiment in Wise's brigade during the early part of
the war in Virginia, and subsequently at Charleston, S. C., and
in the defense of Petersburg and Richmond from Butler, in the
spring of 1864, after which he fought in the Petersburg trenches
until the evacuation. The captain of the company being severely
Wounded soon after the return to Virginia, Lieutenant Byrd was
promoted captain. Among his more important battles were Mal-
yern Hill, Bermuda Hundred, the Crater, Five Forks and Sailor's
Creek. He commanded the remnant of his company at Appomat-
tox. Since the return of peace he has resided at Whitehall, Glouces-
ter county, the ancestral home of his family. His father, Samuel
Powell Byrd, was the son of William Byrd, whose father bore the
same name and was the son of Col. William Byrd, president of the
Colonial council of Virginia, whose residence was at Westover.a
plantation which was established in 1657, The wife of Captain
Byrd is Ann Gordon, daughter of John Marshall, a grandson of
the distinguished John Marshall, Chief Justice of the United
States. .

Richard C. Byrd, Jr., son of the foregoing, was born at White'
hall. July 29, 1863. He was reared at the family home and educated
by private tutors, until he had reached the age of seventeen years,
when he began his business career at Norfolk. His early occu-
pations were as a collector, theh as a salesman for a Baltimore
commission house, later as a traveling salesman for Norfolk estab-
lishments. In i8go he embarked in the real estate business as a
partner of W.. M. Hannah. On April i, 1891, he organized the
hew firm of Byrd, Baldwin & Co., which has since done a very
successful business. He has served four years in the_ Light
Artillery Blues, is a communicant of St. Luke's Episcopal
church, and maintains memberships irt the Virginia, Merrimac
and Chesapeake clubs.

Colonel William Byrd, for many years a prominent lawyer of
Winchester, Va., was born In 1828. He Was educated at George-
town college, the Virginia military institute, and the university
of Virginia. In 1850 he went to Texas, where he became editor


of the Austin Gazette, aftd W the time of the breaking out of the
war, was adjutant-general of the State. In that capacity he raised
and equipped a number of Texas regiments, and seized a large
amoutit of Federal stores and arms. He was afterward appointed
a colonel itt the Confederate army, and served under Gen. Kifby
Stnith in the Tra'hs-Mississippi department. He was in command
of Fort DeRussey, whefe he made a gallant defense against the
whole Federal army, and was there captured and taken to New
Orleans, where he was imprisoned lot some time. He was after-
ward exchanged, and served until the war closed. After the war
he retiioved to Winchester, Va., his birthplace, and enjoyed a lucra-
tive law practice until he retired, several years before his death,
which occurred in May, 1898. R. E. Byrd, soh of the above, was
born in Austin, Texas, August 13, i860. His father removed to
Virginia when he was five years old, and he has resided in Win-
chester ever since. He is a graduate of the university of Virginia
and the university of Maryland.. He was elected in 1884 to the
office of prosecuting officer lot Frederick courity, and has success-
ively been re-elected ever since. He also holds the position of
special examiner ol records for the city of Winchester and the
counties of Frederick, Clarke, Warren, Page and Shenandoah,
and is commissioner of accounts for the county court of Frederick

Colonel George C. Cabell, of Danville, Va., ex-congressman,
and a representative of a distinguished family of Confederate Sol-
diers, was born in the city where he now resides, January 25, 1837',
the son of Gen. Benjamin W. S. and Sallie E. (Doswell) Cabell.
His father, born in Montevideo, Buckingham county, about 1791,
died in 1862, was educated both in medicine and law, but devoted
his life to the practice of the latter profession, also giving much
attention to literary work. He served for many years in both
branches of the general assembly and was a member of the coii-
stitutional convention of 1829-30. He held the rank of lieutenant-
colonel in the war of 1812, and afterward was major-general in
the State service. One of his seven sons, Dr. Powhatan Boiling Ca-
bell, died at Florence, Ala., in 1859. The others were all Confederate
soldiers. The oldest. Dr. John R. Cabell, a graduate of the Vir-
ginia military institute, served throughout the war as captain of
Company B, Thirty-eighth Virginia regiment, and died August
26, 1897. William. L. Cabell, a graduate of the United States mili-
tary academy, attained the rank of captain in the old army, in the
Confederate service rose to the rank of brigadier-general, and now
resides at Dallas, Texas. Algernon S. Cabell, who served in Car-
roll's brigade, McCulloch's division, throughout the war, with the
rank of iBajor, lived for many years in Arkansas, and died in
August, 1898. Joseph R. Cabell, colofiel of the Thirty-eighth Vir-
ginia infantry, was killed at Drewry's bluff, May 10, 1864, at the
age of twehty-two years. Benjamin E. Caljell, first lieutenant of
Company E, Thirty-eighth Virginia regiment, died at eighteen
years pf age from wounds received at the battle of Seven Pines.
Col. George C. Cabell, the fourth son in this patriotic family,
was graduated in law at the_ university of Virginia in 1858, and at
once entering upon professional work had, when the war began,
held for two years the office of attorney for the common-
wealth. He ehlisted as a private in the Eighteenth infantry, but


while the regiment was at Camp Lee he obtained a furlough and
raised a company, which was added to the regiment, and he was
promoted major, May 25, 1861. Subsequently he was promoted
lieutenant-colonel, and just before the close of the war was com-
missioned colonel of cavalry. Throughout the four years' strug-
gle he was identified with the gallant service of Hunton's brigade,
Pickett's division. He was three times wounded, twice at Drewry's
blufif. May 16, 1864, one of these wounds being in the head and of
such severity that he was totally disabled for military duty during
the remainder of the war. Subsequently he resumed the practice
of law at Danville, in which he has made a very successful career.
In 1874 he was elected to Congress from the Fifth district, a dis-
tinguished service in which he was continued by the people for a
period of twelve years. He was married in i860 to Mary Harrison
Baird, who died in 1891, leaving five children, one of whom,
George C, Jr., is his father's law partner. His second marriage,
in 1892, was to Ellen Virginia Ashton, of Portsmouth. Colonel
Cabell is a valued member of Cabell-Graves camp, whose name
commemorates in part the gallant services of his brother, Col.
Joseph R. Cabell.

Charles T. Cabler, deceased, for more than twenty years a well-
known business man and worthy citizen of Norfolk, Va., was born
at Richmond. At the beginning of the war he enlisted in the
Confederate service, and on account of his special training and
experience he was detailed in the quartermaster's department. In
this line of duty he served faithfully throughout the war. At one
time he was successful in the dangerous and adventurous under-
taking of passing the Federal lines between Norfolk and Rich-
mond, making his way to the latter city through the Dismal
Swamp. Subsequently he conducted a bakery at Portsmouth until
1873, when he opened an establishment at Norfolk and did an
extensive business up to 1893. He died March 25, 1895. He was
married Jn 1868 to Miss Jeanie Douglas Black, daughter of John
E. Black late of Norfolk. Mrs. Cabler was born at Edinburgh,
Scotland, and bears the same name as her grandmother, Jeanie
Douglas, a famous beauty of her time, and a descendant of the
great Douglas family, so prominent in the records of Scotland.
Seven children of Mr. Cabler survive: Rosie Lee, wife of Col.
Walter A. Edwards; George Garnett, Charles T., Margaret M.,
James M. B., Jeanie D., and Kessler W. Mrs. Cabler, an intelli-
gent and vivacious lady, has been quite successful in business, as
the successor of her husband.

James Edward Coldwell, since the war a well-known citizen and
municipal official of Petersburg, Va., is one of four brothers who
entered the Confederate service, sons of Samuel R. Coldwell, a
business man of that city who served in the war of 1812, and his
wife, Elizabeth A. Williams, of Dinwiddle county. Of these
brothers, H. T., who volunteered at the age of sixteen years, was
killed at Chancellorsville ; C. P. Coldwell served throughout the
war, surrendered as captain and quartermaster, and is now living
at Petersburg; and W. W. Coldwell did duty as a sharpshooter
throughout the entire struggle, and since then has held the posi-
tion of adjutant of the Soldiers' Home at Richmond. James E.
Coldwell was born at Petersburg in 1832, and prior to the out-
break of war was a member of the Petersburg Grays. With this


command, subsequently Company B of the Twelfth Virginia in-
fantry, of Mahone's brigade, he served during 1861 at Norfolk,
and after the abandonment of that post was at Petersburg and
Drewry's Bluff. He served with his brigade in the battles of
Seven Pines and the Seven Days' campaign, including the desper-
ate fighting at Malvern Hill. Subsequently he was detailed for
telegraph service in South Carolina, and there he had the duty of
rebuilding the lines after they were destroyed by Sherman's army.
Returning to Petersburg at the close of the war, he has since been
variously engaged, serving for some time on the police force, in
which he rose to the rank of lieutenant. He has also been active
in political matters and for over eight years has held the office
of deputy commissioner of revenue. He is a charter member of
A. P. Hill camp, United Confederate Veterans. In December,
1856, he was married to Miss Mary M. Lee, of Petersburg, and
they have one child. Porter C, wife of James M. Quicke, a promi-
nent business man and member of the Petersburg city council.

John T. Callaghan, a citizen of Washington, who has been con-
nected with the postofiBce department of the National government
since 1880, was born in that city April 13, 1842, and was there
reared and educated. In April, 1861, his sympathies led him to
seek service on the Confederate side of the Potomac river, and
he went to Richmond, where he was for some time employed in
a job printing office getting out part of the work for the Confed-
erate war department. In February, 1862, he entered the military
service for active duty and became a private in the Purcell or
Pegram's battery, with which famous command he participated in
many battles and skirmishes until March, 1864. In the latter
month he was transferred to the Maryland line. In going to
Camp Stuart, at Staunton, Va., the point of rendezvous, he took
part in the Valley campaign against Sigel's Federal forces and
attached himself temporarily to the Sixty-second Virginia infantry.
Col. Chas. O'Ferrell, commanding, marching under General Imbo-
den. While with this command, and deployed as a skirmisher, on
the evening before the battle of New Market, he was captured in a
charge of the enemy. As a prisoner of war he was taken to Har-
per's Ferry, on Sigel's retreat, and transported thence by way of
Wheeling, W. Va., to Camp Chase, Ohio. After about ten months
of prison life he was exchanged in March, 1865, leaving Rich-
mond, where he was on parole of indulgence for thirty days, when
it was evacuated. He then joined Mosby's command and surren-
dered with ninety of these men, under Colonel Chapman,
the following month at Winchester, Va. It was his privilege to
participate in many of the most famous battles of the army of
Northern Virginia, including Hanover Court House, Seven Pines,
Mechanicsville, Cold Harbor, Gaines' Mill, Frayser's Farm, Mal-
vern Hill, Cedar Run (where he received a gunshot wound in the
hip, which disabled him for three months), Fredericksburg (where
he was slightly wounded), Gettysburg, Falling Waters, Amissville,
Bristoe Station, Mine Run and the skirmishes during the pur-
suit of Stoneman, in Maryland, under Gen. Bradley i. Johnson.
After peace was restored Mr. Callaghan removed to Texas and
resided there until 1878, when he came to Washington to accept a
position in the government printing office. Since then he has
continued to reside at the capital, where he is highly esteemed as

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a citizen and a$ a faithful a.nd efficient oflicial^ He is a ine,i;(ib«r
of the Confederate Veterans association, of the District of Colum-
biia^ being chairman of the ex^cvitive committed.

.Captain William 5. Cajnero^, pf the Confedprate States army,
and since the war governor of Virj^nia, -vyas born at Petersburg,
iJovembef 29, 1842. He studied in the schools of that city and

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