William O. Burton

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William O. Burton

  • Birth 11 Jan 1833 Howard County, Missouri, USA
  • Death 17 Feb 1875 Missouri, USA
  • Burial Howard County, Missouri, USA
  • Memorial ID 122352338

He was a son of Moses Burton and Elizabeth "Betsie" Pemberton Burton.
He joined the Missouri State Guard on June 27, 1861.
He was a staff Colonel in the Missouri State Guard of Brig. General John Bullock Clark`s, Sr.`s 3rd Division. He was the Acting Adjutant General when he was captured on March 27, 1862 in Howard County, Missouri. Lt. G. M. Houston of the 2nd Missouri Cavalry(Federal),"Merrill`s Horse" got the honors. It is thought by some military experts that he could have been sent back behind the lines to recruit as was done by many Missourians after the Battle of Elkhorn Tavern, Arkansas.
He was confined for many months and on April 14, 1862 is on a list of prisoners at the U.S. Military Prison on the corner of 5th and Myrtle Streets in St. Louis. He is next moved to the Military Prison on Gratiot Street in St. Louis from June 7-16, 1862. On to the Military Prison in Alton, Illinois near the end of June. On June 26th he was on a list of prisoners sent "under escort" from Camp Douglas, Illinois to Johnson`s Island, Ohio. On September 1, 1862 he is again listed as a prisoner of war at Johnson`s Island, near Sandusky, Ohio.
He was exchanged along with 1103 other Confederate soldiers at Aiken`s Landing near Vicksburg. His name appears on yet another list as being a prisoner of war on board the steamer Jno. H. Done near Vicksburg, Mississippi on September 20, 1862. Major N.G. Watt was the agent for the exchanged prisoners and they where declared officially exchanged November 10, 1862 at Aiken`s Landing.
Other records are being searched for about the rest of his life. He died at 42 years of age. Much more very soon!


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  • Created by: Eli Chandler
  • Added: 28 Dec 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 122352338
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William O. Burton (11 Jan 1833–17 Feb 1875), Find A Grave Memorial no. 122352338, citing Burnam Cemetery, Howard County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Eli Chandler (contributor 48083256) .