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Richard Butterly, James Cosgrove, and John Cosgrove are great-grandsons of Peter Butterly, who was among the policemen who served in the Haymarket. Richard Butterly is a dentist, James Cosgrove is a sergeant in the Chicago Police Department (and, as he explains in the third excerpt, a union president), and John Cosgrove is Deputy Chief Probation Officer of the Cook County Juvenile Court. In the image here, John Cosgrove is on the left, his cousin Richard Butterly is in the center, and his brother James Cosgrove is on the right.

Peter Butterly was born in Ireland in 1851 and came to the United States in 1875. He joined the police department in 1884. According to the report filed by his commanding officer, Lieutenant James P. Stanton of the West Lake Street station (who was himself badly hurt at Haymarket), Butterly suffered a severe shell wound below the knee in each leg and a pistol wound in his right forearm. He was in the same police company as Matthias Degan, for whose death the Haymarket defendants were found guilty. Butterly survived, but he appears to have had a limited duty assignment because of his wounds, which very likely caused his premature death.

In the first segment, the three men discuss becoming interested in their great-grandfather's participation in Haymarket and the meaning of the event in their lifetime. In the second segment, they recall Haymarket's place in family lore. In the third segment, they reflect on the life of Peter Butterly and its meaning to them.