Historic Markers Across Alabama

The Butler Massacre

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Location: On Pineapple Hwy (route 10), Forest Home, AL
County: Butler
Coordinates: N 31° 50.308    W 086° 52.949
  31.83846666    -86.88248333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMHYPD


On March 20, 1818, Capt. William Butler, Capt. James Saffold, William Gardener, Daniel Shaw and John Hinson left Fort Bibb to meet Col. Sam Dale. They were attacked near Pine Barren Creek by Savannah Jack and his warriors. Gardener and Shaw were shot dead; Butler and Hinson wounded. Saffold and Hinson escaped on horseback to Fort Bibb, but Capt. Butler, thrown from his horse and left on foot, was killed by the Indians. Butler County was named in his honor.

Erected by the Butler County Historical Society


More Information:
Montgomery Advertiser Newspaper - The Massacres

End of The Butler Massacre