Copy of Joseph's letter

Henry C. Burton fought for the confederacy in the Civil War. He was a Sergeant in Co. B, 1 Regiment, Missouri Calvary. He was captured at Morgan County, Missouri, October 12, 1863 and was held at Rock Island Barracks, Illinois until May, 1865, when he was released. At left is the original letter that he wrote to my great-grandfather, John B. Burton.

Typed exactly as written.


Rock Island Prison, Ill, Barrack 57
Sunday Morning Aprile 10th 1864

Dear cousin with the greatest of pleasure I seat myself this Sabbath morning to inform you that I have just received yours of 29th of March. I was glad to here from you. Yours found me in good health. This leaves me in good health. Still I do most earnestly hope these few lines may find you all in good health enjoying all comforts of life. Cousin I had a letter from Brother Clint yesterday. They was all in good health at the time he wrote me March 22nd. He wrote me that he was going to the gold mines this Spring. Was going to start some time in Aprile. Cousin you haven’t the most remote ideia what pleasure it would be to me to see you all in peace and harmony. Oh that the time will soon come when we can have peace once more in our now distrubed land. Cousin give kindest regards to your Father and family. Tell them I am verry thankfull to them for their kindness to me. Allso my regards to Miss Manervia. Thy socks she sent was quite a treat to the boys that I gave them to. We are thankfull to such generous persons as you all have been. Tell them all to write to me. I would like to have a letter from any of them. I will close. No interesting news. Write soon. Your affectionate cousin Henry C. Burton

Copy of Joseph's letter
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Click on the following to view additional Civil War records for Henry Burton.
Roll of Prisons of War, 1863
Paroled, 1865