FULL STANDING CDV OF CONFEDERATE ARTILLERYMAN BY REES OF RICHMOND

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This full standing view is of Harrison W. Burton of Buckingham County, Virginia. He is posed leaning against the base of a column. He wears a dark Mexican War era forage cap or “wheel cap” with a dark body and a black leather chinstrap and visor, light-colored military overcoat and knee-high boots. The overcoat is open from the chest up to reveal a medium-colored shell jacket, certainly gray of some shade, with large buttons that appear to be made of wood. He also wears a white shirt and a dark string tie.

Contrast and clarity are good. Mount has been trimmed all the way around. Paper was stained by spilled watery ink or coffee. The stain covers most of the subject but does not obstruct any of the details. Visible at bottom right is Rees’ negative number “1389” over “3.”

Reverse has a photographer’s imprint for CHS. R. REES & CO… RICHMOND, VA. There is a very faint pencil ID with the name “BURTON” visible but little else. Below the name is “OTEY’S BATTERY” and “CONFEDERATE.” There is also some collector information in pencil.

Image is from the collection of the late William A. Turner.

Mr. Turner identified the image, perhaps from an album page and what he could see of the name on the reverse, as Harrison Word Burton.

Harrison Word Burton was born in Buckingham County, Virginia on August 30, 1840.

Burton enlisted as a corporal in Company D, 1st Virginia Infantry at Richmond on April 21, 1861 and served with the regiment at 1st Manassas. He became ill with rheumatism in January of 1862 and on the 3rd of that month he was sent to Moore Hospital which was part of General Hospital #1 in Danville, Va. Due to his illness Burton was reduced to private. He was sent on sick leave from the hospital but never returned being listed as a deserter in May of 1862. After a while it was found that he had enlisted in the 13th Battalion Virginia Light Artillery so he was given a transfer to that unit.

Burton next turns up on the rolls of Walker’s Company of the 13th Battalion Virginia Light Artillery, also known as Otey’s Artillery, having enlisted at Richmond on July 1, 1862.

While with the battery Burton saw action at Fayetteville, West Virginia where he was slightly wounded on September 10, 1862. He was at Kelly’s Ford on March 17, 1863 and then fell ill with toxicum (basically a rash) and entered the Episcopal Church Hospital at Williamsburg, Virginia on April 18, 1864. An exact date of his return to the battery is not known but the muster roll for July/August 1864 shows him present.

Burton served at Bermuda Hundred, Petersburg, Farmville, High Bridge and Sailor’s Creek before signing the Oath of Allegiance at Farmville, Virginia on April 21, 1865.

After the war Burton worked on the staff of the Petersburg Index & Appeal newspaper. He married in 1877 and in 1878 moved to St. Louis, Missouri where he went into an unspecified business and was made an aide-de-camp on the staff of the Governor.

Burton moved to Corsicana, Texas in 1883 where he continued to be prominent in business circles.

He died in Corsicana, Texas on September 12, 1902.  [ad] [ph:L]

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