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This is a typed version of a letter I have from my great grandfather Jesse O Burgess who was in the Iowa 27th Infantry.
U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles
about Jesse O Burgess
Name: Jesse O Burgess
Residence: Rossville, Iowa
Age at Enlistment: 26
Enlistment Date: 15 Aug 1862
Rank at enlistment: 5th Corpl
State Served: Iowa
Survived the War?: Yes
Service Record: Enlisted in Company I, Iowa 27th Infantry Regiment on 05 Sep 1862.
Promoted to Full 4th Corporal.
Promoted to Full 4th Sergeant on 01 Jul 1864.
Promoted to Full 5th Sergeant on 10 Mar 1864.
Mustered out on 08 Aug 1865 at Clinton, IA.
Birth Date: abt 1836
Sources: Roster & Record of Iowa Soldiers in the War of Rebellion
Here is the letter...
In the field Oct 9th, 1864
Parts of this letter are not readable as he wrote it in pencil and it has faded..
About 40------from S---and about 60 miles from Jefferson City. We are camped on a creek bottom about 20 milles from
(again it is not readable)
and this evening I heard there was a chance to send out a little in the morning and I thought I would write a few words to you. I am sitting down on my botom flat on the ground and writing on a cracker box by candle light.
The drums are beating ______? John sez OLD PRICE is about 18 miles from here and he is going to give us fight. I resume we will march in the morning after him. We have a large force here. I resume we will go to Jefferson City.
My health is vary good at present and I hope yours are the same. Dear Mary, take good care of yourself and do the best you can. I would like to see you and the baby very much. And hope I may before long.
I haven't received a letter from you for some time I am vary ancious to hear from you but don't expect to for some time, there won't be any chance to get any mail for sometime. I presume the Boys are all well and in good spirits. We marched 28 miles yestereday got in camp 8 œ Oclock PM, pretty big days march don't you think so?
The weather is vary fine, a litte frost last night the first we have has. Well I must close you must excuse the hasty letter and I will do better the next time.
I send much love to you and the baby. Please write soon. My love to all! Good by this time from you loving husband
J.O. Burgess to Mary L. Burgess
I am just trying to figure out the path he took, and we were always told that he was in Sherman's March to the sea. ( later date I am sure) But isn't Jefferson City in Missouri?
I am NOT a Civil War expert, I am barely beginning to learn about the battles in this war for the Iowa 27th....so any help would be greatly appreciated. Sandy Burgess McClay
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