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Frank A. Butts, U.S.V.
Major Frank A. Butts, U.S.V.
Major Frank A. Butts, of the well-known firm of Butts & Phillips,
Pension Attorneys, Army and Navy War Veterans' Bureau of Information; No.
1425 New York Avenue, Washington, D.C.
It is of importance and, in fact, a duty, to give wide publicity to the
fact that a thoroughly complete and efficient Army and Navy War Veterans'
Bureau of Information has been opened in Washington by that true friend of
the old soldier, Major Frank A. Butts, so nationally known as the
originator, and, until his resignation on August 11, 1889, the chief of
the Army and Navy Survivors' Division of the United States Pension Bureau.
He is now transacting a general pension agency business, and, with
necessarily special qualifications at command to enable him to accurately
advise applicants, is a recognized leading authority on everything
concerning the Pension Office.
Major Butts is a native of New York City, and comes from old Revolutionary
stock on both his father's and mother's side, and when the war of the
Rebellion broke out was seventeen years of age. He was one of the first to
enlist in " Grant's sharp-shooters" in June, 1861, and was subsequently
promoted to a second lieutenancy in the Forty-seventh New York Volunteers,
and served throughout the entire war with devotion and gallantry,
receiving merited promotion step by step to the rank of major, which
position he held when the regiment was mustered out of service August 30,
1865. He took part in all the thirty-three battles in which his regiment
was engaged, besides many minor affairs, and took command of the regiment
after the wounding of Colonel McDonald at the bloody battle of Olustee,
Florida, bringing it off the field and retaining command for several
weeks, though only twenty years of age. He was also in command at Chapin's
Farm, Darbytown Cross-Roads, and during the operations before Wilmington,
||Major Butts served his country on
the field with distinguished fidelity, and has proved equally
capable, energetic, and reliable in civil and- official life. In
1866 he was appointed military commissioner, Third District, Third
Division, Military District of Virginia, and served in that capacity
until Virginia was restored as a State in 1869. He was for fourteen
years a valued member of the railway mail service, which he entered
as a $1200 clerk in 1869, and was promoted step by step until he
reached the grade of chief examiner of the second division, in which
position he served for several years, and in 1881 was appointed to
the United States Pension Office, where he rendered signal service
in organizing and putting into thorough working order the invaluable
Army and Navy Survivors'. Division, and of which he was the
originator and chief, until resigning in August, 1889, to open his
present agency. A recent article thus refers to the services of his
"It has been of more service and benefit to old soldiers than any other
three departments of any bureau, and through it the work of the entire
Pension Office has been simplified. Through this department thousands of
claims have been adjudicated which otherwise would have taken years for
want of the necessary legal evidence, and thus the saving to the
government has been immense, and of delay and suspense to claimant
Major Butts has the very highest endorsement from such officers as
General Terry, General Horatio G. Wright, General Howard, General
Schofield, General and Senator Hawley, and General Pennypacker, on whose
staff he served as an aide-de-camp at the storming of Fort Fisher, North
Carolina, January 15, 1865, and at other places in Virginia and North
Major Butts was one of the early members of the Grand Army of the
Republic, helped to found Lafayette Post of New York, and is an active
member of Kit Carson Post, No. 2, Washington, D. C.; also of the Military
Order, the Loyal Legion, U. S., Washington, D. C., Encampment No. 69,
Union Veteran Legion; Phil Sheridan Camp, No. 3, Union Veteran Union, and
John A. Logan Camp, No. 2, Sons of Veterans; is also a member of the
Masonic Order, Knights of Pythias, Odd-Fellows, and the Benevolent
Protective Order of Elks, and is universally respected as a true friend of
the veteran; an honorable and a most talented representative of the
interests which it is the first duty of the government to meet and fully
satisfy, as an act of justice to the poor old veteran or his widow and
Source: Officers of the Volunteer Army and Navy who
served in the Civil War, published by L.R. Hamersly & Co., 1893, 419
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