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Mountain City in Johnson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Roderick Random Butler

 
 
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By J. J. Prats, June 9, 2017
1. Roderick Random Butler Marker
Inscription. Born in Wythesville, Virginia, April 8, 1827, he came to this county at the age of 14 as a tailor apprentice. During the Civil War, he served as Lieutenant Colonel of the 13th Tennessee Cavalry. First elected in 1867, he was for 10 years a member of the U.S. Congress, and served in the state legislature for 24 years. He completed this house around 1870. In 1902 he died, and is buried in Mountain View Cemetery.
 
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 1A-96.)
 
Location. 36° 28.65′ N, 81° 48.177′ W. Marker is in Mountain City, Tennessee, in Johnson County. Marker is at the intersection of North Church Street and Butler Street, on the left when traveling south on North Church Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mountain City TN 37683, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Baptist Church Bicentennial Celebration (approx. 0.3 miles away); Laurel Bloomery (approx. 6.7 miles away); The Trading Ground (approx. 9˝ miles away); “Virginia Creeper” Railroad (approx. 13 miles away in Virginia);
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By J. J. Prats, June 9, 2017
2. Roderick Random Butler Marker
Christmas Tree Farms (approx. 13 miles away in Virginia); “Maud Bows to The Virginia Creeper” (approx. 13.2 miles away in Virginia); Green Cove Station (approx. 13.2 miles away in Virginia); Whitetop (approx. 14.7 miles away in Virginia).
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia Entry. “Butler was elected to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 1859, representing Johnson and Carter counties, and was reelected in 1861. He was one of fifteen legislators to vote against the state’s military alignment with the Confederate States of America in May 1861. He was a member of the Johnson County delegation at both the Knoxville session (May 30–31) and Greeneville session (June 17–20) of the East Tennessee Convention, which petitioned the state legislature to allow East Tennessee to break away from Tennessee and form a Union-aligned state.

“Described by fellow Unionist Oliver Perry Temple as ‘unshrinking’ and "outspoken," Butler was arrested by Confederate authorities and charged with treason in 1862, but was acquitted due to lack of witnesses. He was arrested on a similar charge a short while later, but was released with the help of friends, and fled to Kentucky. He was authorized by General Ambrose Burnside to raise a Union
Roderick Random Butler (1827–1902) image. Click for full size.
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3. Roderick Random Butler (1827–1902)
Army regiment, but this new regiment was consolidated with the Thirteenth Regiment, Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry under Colonel John K. Miller in late 1863. Butler received the rank of lieutenant colonel, and served until 1864, when he resigned for health reasons.” (Submitted on June 14, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.) 
 
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Roderick Random Butler House image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 9, 2017
4. Roderick Random Butler House
This is a private residence. Do not trespass.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 14, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 14, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 55 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 14, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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