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T.F. Burke

T.F. Burke

Federal (USV)


Thomas F. Burke

(1834 - 1885)

Home State: Connecticut

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 16th Connecticut Infantry

Before Antietam

A 28 year old frame maker and member of the Hartford City Guard militia company, he enlisted as the First Sergeant of Company A, 16th Connecticut Infantry on 4 August 1862.

On the Campaign

He was in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862 and promoted to First Lieutenant of Company I the same day.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to Captain of Company F on 1 January 1863 and transferred back to Company A on 3 December 1863. He was wounded in the shoulder and captured on 20 April 1864 at Plymouth, NC and was held at Macon, GA, Charleston, SC and was a prisoner at Columbia, SC. He escaped from captivity twice, the second time, on 3 November 1864, successfully, and returned to duty. He mustered out with the regiment at New Bern, NC on 24 June 1865.

After the War

He returned to his former business framing pictures in Hartford, but my not have been very successful.

References & notes

His service from the Record.1 His pre-war occupation from Gordon.2 His gravesite is on Findagrave.

More on the Web

See an excellent blog post about Captain Burke and a Fredericksburg painting from John Banks, source also of his picture, from a photograph of unknown provenance.


09/15/1834; New York City, NY


04/17/1885; Hartford, CT; burial in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford, CT


1   State of Connecticut, Adjutant General's Office, and AGs Smith, Camp, and Barbour, and AAG White, Record of Service of Connecticut Men in the Army and Navy of the United States during the War of the Rebellion, Hartford: Press of the Case, Lockwood, and Brainard Company, 1889, pp. 620, 629, 635  [AotW citation 27290]

2   Gordon, Lesley J., 16th CV [Connecticut Volunteers] database [roster], Published 2014, first accessed 06 February 2022, <!107&authkey=!ACNE422k47Tnc_Q&ithint=file%2cxl>  [AotW citation 27291]