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BUTLER, Zebulon, soldier, born in Lyme, Connecticut, in 1731; died in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, 28 July, 1795. He served in the French war and in the expedition to Havana, and rose to be a captain in 1761. In 1769 he settled at Wyoming, Pennsylvania In the early part of the revolutionary war he was a lieutenant colonel in the Connecticut line, serving in New Jersey in 1777-'8, and became colonel on 13 March, 1778. On 3 July, 1778, he commanded the weak garrison at Wyoming at the time of the Massacre, which he was unable to prevent. He accompanied Sullivan in his Indian expedition in 1779, and served with distinction throughout the war. See Miner's "History of Wyoming" (Philadelphia, 1845).
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