Krumbhaar, William Butler (1836–1896)

By: Stephanie P. Niemeyer

Type: Biography

Published: April 15, 2011

William Butler Krumbhaar, Confederate army officer, was born on June 7, 1835, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, son of William Trege and Jane Butler (McCutchon) Krumbhaar. From records made available to researchers, it appears he lived much of his life in Louisiana. His life in Texas was confined to his involvement in the Civil War as a commander of Texas troops.

During the Civil War, he served as a private in the Fifth Company Battalion, also known by its more famous name, the Washington Artillery of New Orleans, Louisiana. The Washington Artillery was made up of the wealthy young residents of New Orleans, and when the Civil War began, members were already on their way to Virginia and fought in the earliest battles of the war. He later founded a Texas battery that bore his name. In 1862 and 1863 Krumbhaar's Texas Battery served in Indian Territory, and in 1863 Krumbhaar was named captain of the battery. W. M. Stafford was named lieutenant and then later captain in October 1864.

Krumbhaar and his men fought at the April 8, 1864, battle of Mansfield in Louisiana. They later were present in Arkansas at the battle of Poison Springs near Camden on April 18, 1864. They brought thirty artillerists and four guns to help battle the onslaught of Union troops making their way through Arkansas. On November 19, 1864, Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith reorganized the artillery and appointed Krumbhaar, now a major, the commanding officer of the Sixth Battalion of the Trans-Mississippi Department.

He married Bertha Beverly Penn in New Orleans, Lousiana, on April 25, 1867. Krumbhaar died on July 11, 1896, in New Orleans, Lousiana.

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Time Periods:
  • Civil War

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Stephanie P. Niemeyer, “Krumbhaar, William Butler,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed June 29, 2022,

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April 15, 2011

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