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E.T. Burgess

E.T. Burgess

Federal (USV)


Ezra Thomas Burgess

(1837 - 1924)

Home State: Massachusetts

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 16th Connecticut Infantry

Before Antietam

A carpenter in Stafford, CT, he enlisted as a Private in Company I, 16th Connecticut Infantry on 11 August 1862.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He was captured on 20 April 1864 at Plymouth, NC and was a prisoner at Andersonville, GA and Florence, SC. He was paroled on 10 December 1864 and discharged on 7 June 1865 at Annapolis, MD.

After the War

In 1880 he was with the fire department in Indianapolis, IN. By 1900 and to at least 1909 he was a carpenter in his native Plymouth, but in 1920 he had retired and was a widower living in Springfield, MA with his youngest daughter Lillian. He was living in Longmeadow, CT by 1924.

References & notes

His service from the Record.1 Personal details from family genealogists, the US Census of 1880, 1900, and 1920, and the Resident and Business Directory of Plymouth (1909). His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture from an excellent photograph supplied by Jim Silliman from his collection.

He married Ellen Sophia Bumstead (1843-1913) in December 1865 in Stafford, CT and they had 4 children.


12/19/1837; Plymouth, MA


12/29/1924; San Diego, CA; burial in Springfield Cemetery, Springfield, MA


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, pg. 635  [AotW citation 27292]