Pierce M. ButlerSix miles NE, in a family cemetery at Butler Church, is the grave of Colonel Pierce M. Butler, governor of South Carolina from 1836-1836. During his military career, he was a captain in the U.S. Army, a lt. colonel in the Seminole War, and was a commander of the Palmetto Regiment in the Mexican War, when he was killed in battle on August 20, 1847.
The Palmetto RegimentThe S.C. Volunteer Regiment in the Mexican War entered service in Dec. 1846 and was part of Winfield Scott's army. At the Battle of Churubusco, its commander, Pierce M. Butler, was killed leading a charge in the face of devastating fire. The unit was in a vanguard of the final assault on Mexico City and first to plant its flag on the city walls.