Pvt Burkett M. Fawcett


Pvt Burkett M. Fawcett

Death 1865 (aged 42–43)
Burial Masontown, Preston County, West Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 155482383 View Source
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Burkett M. Fawcett

Burkett M. Fawcett was born in about 1822 near Kingwood, Preston County, WV, the son of Charles B. and Phoebe (Miner) Fawcett.

On Oct. 6, 1846, Burkett married Mary McMillen (1822-1894) at the home of her parents, Robert and Nancy McMillen, in nearby Monongalia County, WV.
The Fawcetts had two children -- Elisha Harrison Fawcett (born July 10, 1847) and Phoebe A. Fawcett (born Oct. 25, 1852).

When the Civil War broke out, Burkett was 39 years of age, and had been married for 15 years.

On June 28, 1861, he enlisted in the US Army at Newburg. He was assigned to the 3rd WV Volunteer Infantry, commanded by Col. David Hewes, and was placed in Company D, commanded by Capt. Dennis Fitzinger. He agreed to serve for up to three years.

In the summer of 1863, he and the 3rd WV saw action in battle at Dry Creek, WV (commonly known as the Battle of White Sulphur Springs). A West Virginia highway historical marker stands at the site, located at the junction of U.S. Route 60 and West Virginia Route 92. It states that the battle was between "Gen. Sam Jones' Confederates and Gen. W.W. Averell's Federals. Action is also known as Howard's Creek, White Sulphur Springs and Rocky Gap. Losses: 350."

Burkett's second cousin, Andrew Minerd, blacksmith of the 14th PA Cavalry, also saw action in the battle.

In this fight, on Aug. 26, 1863, Burkett was killed. He was hit by "a shot from the enemy," according to an eyewitness.
The location of his burial has been lost to history.

The newly widowed Mary learned the horrific news "from letters received and information received from members of the same company, and from general report," she wrote. Her reaction is unknown, but she would have been overwhelmed with heartbreak.


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