Burrell Douglas, Sr

Burrell Douglas, Sr

Wayne County, Georgia, USA
Death 8 Sep 1884 (aged 58–59)
Waycross, Ware County, Georgia, USA
Burial Waycross, Ware County, Georgia, USA
Memorial ID 71207152 · View Source
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Burrell Douglas, Sr. (1825-1884) was buried in an unmarked grave next to his daughter, Martha Jane (Douglas) Godwin (1856-1909).

He was the husband of (1) Mary Ann Strickland (1830-1869), and (2) Nancy C. Carter (1844-____). Mary Ann Strickland is believed to be buried in an unmarked grave next to Burrell Douglas, Sr.

Burrell Douglas, Sr. and Mary Ann Strickland were married in 1843; together, they had eight (8) known children:

- James R. Douglas (1844-1909); married Emily Jane Eunice (1857-1942), a daughter of Alexander Eunice (1835-1928).

- Nancy Isabella Douglas (1846-1923); 2nd wife of Alexander Eunice (1835-1928).

- William Douglas (1851-1874)

- Henry Douglas (1852-1936); married Polly Ann Strickland (1858-1921).

- Martha Jane Douglas (1856-1909); married Berrien A. Godwin (1850-1923).

- Seaborn Douglas (1859-1930); married Rebecca Lane (1865-____).

- Mary Ann Douglas (1863-1924); married William A. Barber (1857-1898).

- Burrell Douglas, Jr. (1865-1920); married Minnie Newton (1875-1920).


Burrell Douglas served in the military for both the 2nd Seminole Indian War, and the Civil War.

He was in Captain Allen G. Johnson's Company in the 2nd Seminole Indian War in Florida.

During the Civil War he enlisted as a Private in Company G, 24th Battalion Georgia Cavalry at Waynesville, Georgia, on 22 Sep 1862.

On 21 May 1863, he was absent without leave from Camp Lee, Bryan County, Georgia, to return home to see his newborn daughter, Mary Ann Douglas (1863-1924). While he was absent without leave, his unit merged into the 7th Regiment Georgia Cavalry and was assigned to General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia.

He then joined up with the Satilla Rifles, Company K, 54th Georgia Infantry, but when his name hit Confederate Army headquarters in Richmond, Virginia, they had him arrested and sent to Oglethrope Barracks in Savannah, Georgia to await court martial trial for desertion. His court martial trial was held in office building above the present-day Wet Willie's Bar on River Street in Savannah. The court martial officer found Private Burrell Douglas guilty of desertion.

On 2 May 1864 he was sentenced to be shot by firing squad. On 30 May 1864 the Confederate Army headquarters in Richmond, Virginia, suspended the execution of the firing squad order.

On 19 Nov 1864, President Jefferson Davis pardoned Private Burrell Douglas and ordered him to be released from prison and restored to full military duty for the duration of the war.


A military service headstone was approved by the VA for Burrell Douglas' military service in the Civil War. The headstone was on picket duty under his flag near Jesup, Georgia, until it crossed over the river to its final resting place at the head of the grave of Private Burrell Douglas, Sr. in Mt Plesant Cemetery.

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  • Created by: Tom Benefield
  • Added: 12 Jun 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 71207152
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Burrell Douglas, Sr (1825–8 Sep 1884), Find A Grave Memorial no. 71207152, citing Mount Plesant Cemetery, Waycross, Ware County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Tom Benefield (contributor 47122996) .