Burgess, William, Letter

William Burgess Letter, 1886 Ms.1989.050


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Repository
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Identification
Ms.1989.050
Title
William Burgess Letter1886
Quantity
0.1 Cubic Feet 1 folder
Creator
Burgess, William
Language
The materials in the collection are in English.
Abstract
The William Burgess Letter is written August 24, 1886, to General William D. Dixon from Burgess, formerly a first lieutenant in the 6th Pennsylvania Corps during the American Civil War. Burgess describes the skirmish at Drainsville, Virginia (December 1861), and the actions of General Edward O. Ord in that engagement.

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Biographical Note

William Burgess was a first lieutenant in the 6th Pennsylvania Corps during the American Civil War.

There is a William Burgess, who enlisted on April 24, 1861, Franklin County, Pennsylvania. He served in Company D, 6th Regiment, Pennsylvania Reserve Infantry (35th Volunteers). Although this regiment mustered out on June 11, 1864, Burgess continued to serve in some capacity, rising to the rank of Captain on March 13, 1865. A William Burgess (1830-1887), presumed to be the same man, is buried in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.

Sources:

"Burgess, William" entry, National Park Service's Civil War Soldier database, https://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-soldiers-detail.htm?soldierId=522B0089-DC7A-DF11-BF36-B8AC6F5D926A
"William Burgess" entry, U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865 database, Ancestry.com, https://search-ancestrylibrary-com.ezproxy.lib.vt.edu/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=1555&h=802261&tid=&pid=&queryId=dab4168292d4794e698c3c67ec9b7d29&usePUB=true
"William Burgess" entry, Findagrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/116175773/william-burgess

Scope and Content

The William Burgess Letter is written August 24, 1886, to General William D. Dixon from Burgess, formerly a first lieutenant in the 6th Pennsylvania Corps during the American Civil War. Burgess describes the skirmish at Drainsville, Virginia (December 1861), and the actions of General Edward O. Ord in that engagement.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • Civil War
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the William Burgess Letter by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).

Container List

folder 1
Letter
1886