John Butler


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Butler, JOHN, Tory leader; born in Connecticut; was in official communication with the Johnsons in the Mohawk Valley before the Revolutionary War, and was colonel of a militia regiment in Tryon county, New York. In 1776 he organized a band of motley marauders—white men and Indians. The former painted and behaving like savages. He was in command of them in the battle of ORISKANY, and of 1,100 men who desolated the Wyoming Valley in July, 1778. He fought Sullivan in the Indian country in central New York in 1779, and accompanied Sir John Johnson in his raid on the Schoharie and Mohawk settlements in 1780. He died in Niagara in 1794. His son, WALTER, was killed during the war.



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