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Richard Burton

In American Civil War, Burton on June 27, 2009 at 11:15 pm

Burton, Richard

Born 1843
Died 1910
4th great grandfather
Union Army 1861- American Civil War

“My grandmother’s paternal grandfather. In 1862 he enlisted in Company K, Fifty-third Indiana Volunteer Infantry as a teenager. He was in the battles of Corinth, siege of Vicksburg, and Atlanta. Here he was captured, and for two months was a prisoner at Andersonville (his name is on the roster there). He was with Sherman on his march to the sea, and participated in other engagements and saw much active service. His health was never good after conditions suffered at Andersonville. Married Florence, daughter of Samuel Mathers. Was a farmer and active in GAR (CW vets) after the war.”

—Joyce Mundy

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  1. Joyce, I see from the Andersonville Prison records that Richard Burton (a cousin of my great grandfather, Eli Maxwell Burton) was a POW in Andersonville for 2-3 months. After that time period he was exchanged back at Atlanta, GA to the Union Army. For the time period between Vicksburg and when Sherman started his campaign from Acworth, GA to Savannah, GA, Richard could not have been captured at Vicksburg because it was under siege. He would have had to have been captured during Sherman’s campaign to take Atlanta which would have been in the fighting at Kennesaw Mountain, Nickajack Creek, Peachtree creek or in the siege to take Atlanta. I am very interested in where he was captured if he only spent 2-3 months in Andersonville according to those records. He was with Sherman on the march from Atlanta to Savanna. My e-mail is dennisraytaber@yahoo.com. I became a Civil War buff so to speak after reading the information regarding my great grandfather, Eli, and all the Burton cousins that were in the 67th Indiana Infantry with him. Eli was captured twice and with some cousins in Kentucky and Lousiana in 1862 and 1863. I hope you reply to this. Dennis

  2. Hi, this is from Joyce.

    Thank you for calling this item to our attention. It appears that I misread the information that was available to me. My grandfather, Samuel O. Burton, Richard’s son, never told me where he was captured. For that information, I read the item in History of Lawrence, Orange, and Washington Counties. The following is a direct quote from Richard’s mini bio from that book, for which he would most likely have furnished the data.

    “In 1862 he enlisted in Company K, Fifty-third Indiana Volunteer Infantry. He was in the battles of Corinth, siege of Vicksburg, and Atlanta. Here he was captured, and for two months was a prisoner at Andersonville. He was with Sherman on his march to the sea, and participated in other engagements and saw much active service.”

    In reviewing this, the reference to where he was captured seems to indicate Atlanta. Not being a Civil War scholar, I don’t know if that location is feasible, but that is my best interpretation of the information. Although my grandfather related many stories to me that were told to him by his father Richard, Vicksburg was never mentioned.

    Richard’s future father-in-law, Samuel Mathers, however, was in the Siege of Vicksburg and the river campaigns, leaving a diary of that time period. I now own that diary and will be glad to share a copy if you would be interested.

    I also have an interesting story of how he and an unnamed cousin joined the army.

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