Sunday, September 1, 2013

Death of a Soldier, June 1861

Artwork from the Memphis Daily Appeal, 1861
On June 22, 1861, Memphis had its first funeral procession in accordance to "full and strict military forms". The deceased soldier was Logan Burton.

In the 1850 Census Logan Burton is living in Laurel Kentucky with his parents Ellis and Julia Burton and a host of siblings.  By 1860 his mother Julia has disappeared from the Census and the family is living in Pulaski Kentucky. The Kentucky enumeration is dated July 1860.   Burton also appears in the 1860 Census for Memphis dated August 1860.  His occupation is listed as farmer and his year of birth is listed as 1839.  The Memphis Census shows he is a native of Kentucky.

The Memphis Daily Appeal newspaper account indicates he was a member of the Secession Guards, 7th Tennessee under Capt. John H. Morgan.  Military records differ a bit.  The Secession Guards Co. C were formed in Shelby County and Logan Burton joined that company.  The Guards became a part of the 13th Infantry, not the 7th as had been reported, which was formed in June 1861.  

The Secession Guards had been at Fort Wright (Randolph, TN) where Burton fell ill.  The Company boarded the steamer Ingomar,which was headed to Memphis.  Logan Burton died enroute of "congestive chills".  The Military records say it was Typhoid Fever.

Once the Ingomar docked at Memphis the body was removed and given the first full military escort in the city to the Gayoso Hotel.  His flag draped coffin was escorted by four regiments.  At this time, it is unknown where the mortal remains of Logan Burton were laid to rest.  

The following account relates the events surrounding the death of Logan Burton.

Death of a Soldier--As the Ingomar was on its way to the city yesterday, one of the soldiers died; we give below the proceedings on that occasion, on the part of the military on board. On reaching the city a funeral cortege was formed, and the body was carried to the Gayoso.  This cortege was the first funeral procession ever martialed in Memphis according to full and strict military forms.  The procession included officers representing each of the four regiments now at Randolph. The flag in which the coffin was enshrouded was furnished by Captain Clarke of the Ingomar.  The body lay in state at the Gayoso, a guard was mounted in the room beside the coffin during the whole night.  The following is a statement of the proceedings on board the Ingomar:

Steamer Ingomar, June 22, 1861.

Logan Burton, a private in Capt. J.H. Morgan's company 7th regiment Tennessee volunteers, died since the steamer Ingomar left Fort Wright from congestive chill.  The officers and soldiers of the brigade, passengers upon the steamer, immediately called a meeting, for the purpose of paying their respects to the deceased. Capt. J.L. Granberry, of the 7th regiment, was called to the chair, and Capt. Dyer, of the same regiment was appointed secretary.  On motion, Capt. J.J. Keller, Lieut. A.S. Curry, and Surgeon J.A. Forbes, were appointed a committee to draft resolutions, who reported the following:

Whereas, It has pleased Almighty God to summons from us our brother in arms, Logan Burton, a worthy and gallant soldier, and member of Capt. Morgan's company in the 7th regiment; therefore be it

Resolved, That we tender our condolence to the family and friends of our deceased fellow-soldier, and that we deeply sympathize with the members of his company and the 7th regiment in their loss.

Resolved, That in the death of Mr. Burton, the service has lost a true and gallant soldier, the company and regiment to which he was attached, a faithful member.

Resolved, That we, the officers and soldiers, who are passengers upon the Ingomar, will escort the remains of our deceased fellow-soldier, from the steamer to the Gayoso House, Captain Brannan commanding, until suitable arrangements be made for his interment.

The committee would report that the deceased was a native of Kentucky, about twenty-two years of age, but for some time past a resident of Shelby county, Tenn., and when a call was made to uphold the honor of the South, he joined the Secession Guards commanded by Captain J.H. Morgan.  All of which is submitted.

The Committee.
Originally posted in the Memphis Daily Appeal, June 23, 1861.

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