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BUTLER, James, soldier, born in Prince William county, Virginia; died in South Carolina in 1781. He immigrated to South Carolina about 1772, settling in what was then a frontier region, took part in General Richardson's "Snow-Camp Expedition," and afterward in a similar expedition under General Williamson, in 1776. Butler joined General Lincoln near Augusta in 1779, when the latter had taken command of the southern continental forces, and after the fall of Charleston, in 1780, he was one of those who refused to swear allegiance to the British crown, and was lodged in the jail at Ninety-Six. He was afterward taken to the provost of Charleston, then to the prison-ship, and was kept in close confinement for eighteen months. After his release, he was summoned to repel a foray of the Tories of his precinct, and was killed at Cloud's creek.
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