My GG Grandfather was Anthony S. Butts. 39th VA Cavalry, Co. B, Private. Enlisted Culpepper CH Aug. 1, 1863. Died 1890, buried at Catholic Cemetery in Norfolk. Married in Petersburg 1864 or 1865. I believe Petersburg was under siege at that time and the 39th would have been there defending the City, but I'm not 100%. Member Pickett-Buchanan Camp, Norfolk VA. His real name was "Anthony S. Butt". I believe the reason for the difference is that when he signed his name, it looked like there was an S at the end.
A few mysteries:
1. Family legend has it that he was wounded in the head at Cold Harbor and that he had a steel plate in his head as a result. His CV application also states that he was wounded at Cold Harbor, but returned to service. I can find no record of this, though I have seen his pay and parole from Appomattox. Is there any other way to determine if he was a casualty. (Muster roles show no lapse in service time.)
2. Appomattox Parole (book) lists him as "Lee's Escort". I did not see anyone else listed as such, though I realize the 39th was considered his bodyguard.
3. Service records refer to "teamster" and sometimes "ambulance driver". Would the 39th actually have ambulance drivers?
Any help with solving these mysteries would be appreciated. Thanks - Brad