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Confederate (CSV)


Joseph Augustus Burgin

(1839 - 1864)

Home State: Alabama

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 5th Alabama Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

Known as Augustus, in 1860 he was a 20 year old dry goods store clerk in Pickensville, AL. He enlisted there as a Private in Company C (later renamed H), 5th Alabama Infantry on 20 April 1861. He was promoted to 2nd Sergeant in 1862.

On the Campaign

He was captured in action near Turner's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was a prisoner at Fort Delaware until 2 October when he was sent to Aiken's Landing, VA for exchange. He was declared exchanged on 10 November 1862. He was wounded by a gunshot to his right thigh and captured at Gettysburg, PA in July 1863, and was treated at the DeCamp hospital in New York Harbor. He was paroled there on 24 August 1863, was in a CS hospital in Williamsburg, VA on August 28, and furloughed on 4 September 1863. He returned to duty in February 1864 but was wounded by a gunshot to his leg and captured again, at Cedar Run, VA on 19 October 1864. His leg was amputated on the field the same day and he died of pyaemia (infection) at Winchester, VA on 28 November 1864.

References & notes

His service from his Compiled Service Records,1 online from fold3, as Augustus Bergen, A. Burgin, and C.H. Burgin; thanks to Miles Krisman for the pointer to him. 1864 wound and death details from the MSHWR,2 as C.H. Burgin. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860; also as A.H. Bergen. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

His brother William A Burgin was also in his Company.


12/04/1839 in AL


11/28/1864; Winchester, VA; burial in Stonewall Confederate Cemetery, Winchester, VA


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 28058]

2   Barnes, Joseph K., and US Army, Office of the Surgeon General, The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion, 6 books, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1870, Volume 2, Part 3, pg. 258  [AotW citation 28059]