Private Thomas E. Butler] was born at London, England in 1834. He was mustered into service as a “Seaman” on December 15th, 1861 with Captain Henry Mulrenan’s Florida Volunteer Coast Guards. He was accidentally wounded in the foot by a loaded firearm mishap on February 5th, 1862.
He remained in this unit until mustered into Confederate service on April 25th, 1862 when he was enlisted as a Private in Captain Smith’s Company (Key West Avengers), 7th Regiment Florida Infantry by Major R. B. Thomas at Tampa, Florida for a period of 3 years or the war. He is reported present; due $50 bounty and clothing money.
He was present on all rolls until July 8th, 1862 when he was reported as being discharged by order of Brigadier General Joseph Finnegan. There is no further mention of him from this date.