They began to research the history of Butler and discovered that he was likely born a slave in Virginia before escaping to Massachusetts, where he joined the Union soldiers in the Civil War. He fought in the Battle of Petersburg, in Virginia, where he was wounded. After the war, he found his way to Westminster and was buried in the Ascension Church graveyard after death. Carney said as far as they can tell, Butler had no relatives, and there was no one left to tend to his grave site. For the re-dedication, the Roundtable had a new footstone made with Butler's vital information to be placed on his grave.