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This is a really interesting article

https://emergingcivilwar.com/2021/04/15/confederates-on-the-titanic/#more-199572

A large number of Civil War veterans no doubt read about the sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic, one of history’s deadliest maritime disasters. Some of those veterans may have noted a few familiar names. At least one Confederate and the relatives of three Confederate generals were onboard.


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One was John Brown McMillin, a young and upcoming Tennessee journalist. His namesake was his grandfather John C. Brown, a Confederate general who fought in nearly every battle waged by the Army of Tennessee. Both his father and grandfather were governors of Tennessee and his grandmother, who raised him, was the second President General of the Daughters of the Confederacy. McMillin’s death was lamented in Confederate Veteran.


Among the most notable men to sail on the great vessel was Georgia native Major Archibald Butt. He was a relative of Brigadier General William R. Boggs and he was born only three months after the last major Confederate forces surrendered. Butt joined the army and gained notoriety as a master of logistics and organization. He served as military aide to his friends Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft, being particularly close to the later.
 

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During our CivilWarTalk Gathering at Ringgold/Chickamauga in 2018, our Saturday tour guide now-CWT member @Norman Dasinger Jr related some stories about men on board the Titanic with Civil War connections as I recall.
 

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A memorial was held a Augusta, Georgia on May 2, 1912 for Butt. President William Howard Taft was the main speaker. It was said to be a "monster". A second memorial was held on May 5, 1912 in Washington DC.Taft was again the speaker and broke down and wept during the eulogy.
 

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This is a really interesting article

https://emergingcivilwar.com/2021/04/15/confederates-on-the-titanic/#more-199572

A large number of Civil War veterans no doubt read about the sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic, one of history’s deadliest maritime disasters. Some of those veterans may have noted a few familiar names. At least one Confederate and the relatives of three Confederate generals were onboard.


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One was John Brown McMillin, a young and upcoming Tennessee journalist. His namesake was his grandfather John C. Brown, a Confederate general who fought in nearly every battle waged by the Army of Tennessee. Both his father and grandfather were governors of Tennessee and his grandmother, who raised him, was the second President General of the Daughters of the Confederacy. McMillin’s death was lamented in Confederate Veteran.


Among the most notable men to sail on the great vessel was Georgia native Major Archibald Butt. He was a relative of Brigadier General William R. Boggs and he was born only three months after the last major Confederate forces surrendered. Butt joined the army and gained notoriety as a master of logistics and organization. He served as military aide to his friends Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft, being particularly close to the later.
The most notable Confederate off spring, of course, was Archibald Gracie IV. His father was a brigadier general and Gracie IV wrote The Truth About Chickamauga, an important book for Chickamauga scholars. Gracie IV also wrote The Truth About The Titanic, an important contribution to the study of the sinking. Gracie IV died in December of 1912.
 

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Not being too familiar with Butt, I looked him up. What a name! Archibald Willingham DeGraffenreid Clarendon Butt.
Forgive me for this but my cousin told me that he worked with a man who’s last name was Dick. Don’t know if it’s true or made up but he said he named his son Harry 😂😂
 
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