David L. Butler
Spanish-American War Hero

Researched by Lisa Slaski

Daily Leader
Gloversville, NY, Monday, 25 Apr 1898

A Gloversville Boy

Levi Butler, of this city has received a postal from his son, David Butler, a sergeant in Co. E, Sixth Kentucky Infantry, announcing that the regiment would leave today for Cuba. The message is dated at Tampa, Fla., April 22, and states that the writer is in good health.

Daily Republican
Johnstown, NY, Saturday, 15 Oct 1898

To Be Brought Home

The Remains of Levi [sic] Butler, a Santiago Hero, to be Brought to Gloversville for Burial

Undertaker Kelner Will Go to Cuba

Levi Butler of Gloversville, received a letter from the United States war department Thursday, stating that if he desired to have the remains of his [son] David Butler, brought from Santiago, Cuba, to New York, the government would pay the expenses of an understaker to and from new York to Santiago and transportation for the corpse if the relatives of the dead soldier would provide a metallic casket for the remains of the only soldier from Gloversville who gave up his life on the foreign battle field.

Mr. Keiner has wired to New York for further instructions regarding the matter and as soon as a reply is received he will make arrangements to leave for Cuba at once.

David Butler, the dead soldier, was a sergeant of Company A, Sixth regular infantry, and he was one of the first men killed up the charge of the San Juan slope. The captain of his company, in a letter to the young man's father, spoke very highly of the bravery exhibited by the young man and said that he never flinched for a moment when the order was given to go up the hill.

No arrangements have as yet been considered for a funeral when the remains arrive in Gloversville, bu ceremonies of a suitable nature for the dead soldier will doubtless be held.


David Butler was born about 1868, probably in Warren county, the son of Levi and Harriet Butler. By 1875, the family had moved to Johnstown, Fulton county. Levi was himself a veteran of the Civil War.

A quite large and extensive ceremony was held with a lot of the local veterans and veteran units attending a memorial service for David Butler.

The Spanish-American war encampment of Gloversville, number 121, was later named in his honor.


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