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Southern Hero: Matthew Calbraith Butler, Confederate General, Hampton Redshirt, and U.S. Senatorby Martin, Samuel J.
Publisher: Stackpole Books
Issue: Spring 2001
"It is ours to act and not to speak," Matthew Butler declared at the war's outset. Heir to prominent South Carolina family, Butler became a Confederate major general and saw service throughout the Eastern Theater. He returned to his plantation in 1865 "with full consciousness of duty well performed" and a political future ahead of him.