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Confederate (CSV)


John F. Burress

(1828 - ?)

Home State: South Carolina

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 7th South Carolina Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

By 1849 he was a militia Captain and in 1857 he was appointed Colonel of the 2nd Regiment of Cavalry, a militia unit headquartered in Longmires, Edgefield District. From 1855 to 1859 he was a contractor for the US Postal Service, carrying mail twice a week between Hamburg (or Edgefield Courthouse) and "Longmire's Store", SC.

He enrolled as First Lieutenant of Company K, 7th South Carolina Infantry on 15 April 1861, and was elected Captain at the reorganization on 13 May 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded by gunshot to his lower left leg and captured in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was briefly at a US Army hospital in Frederick, MD on 12 and 13 October 1862, then transferred to Fort McHenry in Baltimore. He was exchanged at Aiken's Landing, VA on 8 November 1862. He resigned his commission in September 1863 and in December 1863 was assigned by the South Carolina Legislature to oversee the October 1864 elections at Liberty Hill in Edgefield District.

After the War

By 1870 he was a farmer in Hibler Township (near Longmires Post Office). He died sometime after 1880 in Aiken, SC.

More on the Web

Hospital detail from the Patient List,1 as Jonothan F. Burass. Service details from Swain.2 Further information from the Edgefield Advertiser of 22 August 1849, and 15 July and 19 August 1857, Executive Documents of the US House of Representatives (1856, 57, 59), the Reports and Resolutions of South Carolina to the General Assembly (1863), the US Census of 1870, and family genealogists; thanks to g-g-grandson Jeff Mosteller for his wedding date and extended family relations.

He married Sarah Catherine Mundy (1833-?) in February 1851 and they had 5 children.

His brother Charles M. Burress was a Sergeant in Company K and was mortally wounded on Maryland Heights on 13 September 1862.

His cousin Lt. Joseph L Talbert of Company K, was also mortally wounded on Maryland Heights.


06/11/1828; Edgefield District, SC


Date not known; Aiken, SC


1   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #997  [AotW citation 24237]

2   Swain, Sr., Glen Allan, The Bloody 7th, Wilmington, NC: Broadfoot Publishing Company, 2014, pg. 455  [AotW citation 24410]