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Confederate (CSV)


James Pinkney Burke

(1840 - 1906)

Home State: North Carolina

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 4th North Carolina Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

In August 1860 he was 19 years old and lived on his father's farm at Deep Well P.O. in Rowan County, NC. He enlisted as a Private in Company B, 4th North Carolina Infantry on 3 June 1861 at Rowan Mills.

On the Campaign

He was wounded by a gunshot to his right leg or hip and captured in action at Fox's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was admitted to US Army General Hospital #1 in Frederick, MD on 22 October 1862 and transferred to Fort McHenry in Baltimore on 12 October. He was paroled and sent on to City Point, VA on 12 November for exchange. He was in a Petersburg, VA hospital by 21 November and furloughed for 60 days on 29 November 1862. He returned to his Company about 27 January 1863.

He was promoted to Sergeant on 1 March 1863 and commissioned 2nd Lieutenant on 8 April 1863. He was sick in a Richmond, VA hospital in early September and resigned his commission on 28 September 1863, on a Surgeon's Certificate of Disability, which noted the "Paralysis & Atrophy" of his right leg. He was furloughed from the hospital to Salisbury, NC on 8 October and his resignation was accepted on the 9th.

After the War

In 1880 he was a store clerk in Statesville, Iredell County, NC.

References & notes

His service and other details from his Compiled Service Records,1 via fold3 and the Roster,2 via the Historical Data Systems database. Wound and hospital details from the Patient List.3 Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860 and 1880. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Mary J. "Molly" Alexander (1850-1873) in February 1872 and they had a son, Thomas, but he died at about one month old, and Molly followed soon after. He married again, Mary Julia Bell (1846-1920) in December 1894.


12/05/1840; Rowan County, NC


07/28/1906; Iredell County, NC; burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Statesville, NC


1   US War Department, Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, Record Group No. 109 (War Department Collection of Confederate Records), Washington DC: US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 1903-1927  [AotW citation 27503]

2   Manarin, Louis H., and Weymouth Tyree Jordan, Matthew M Brown, Michael W Coffey, North Carolina Troops, 1861-1865 : A Roster, 20 Volumes +, Raleigh: North Carolina State Department of Archives and History, 1966-  [AotW citation 27504]

3   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #5.255  [AotW citation 27505]