Burnham, Jonathan C.
Age: 18, credited to Waterford, VT
Unit(s): 11th VT INF
Service: enl 7/30/62, m/i 9/1/62, Pvt, Co. A, 11th VT INF, pow Weldon Railroad, 6/23/64, Richmond, d/prison 7/1/64
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Birth: 1844, Waterford, VT
Burial: Buried in an unmarked grave, , VA
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)
Alias?: None noted
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Webmaster's Note: The 11th Vermont Infantry was also known as the 1st Vermont Heavy Artillery; the names were used interchangably for most of its career
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Jonathan C. Burnham
St. Johnsbury Caledonian, October 14, 1864
At Petersburg, Va., in a rebel prison, July 1, Corp. Jonathan C. Burnham of Co. A, 11th Regiment Vt. Vols., youngest son of Asa and Betsey Burnham of Waterford, aged 20 years and 3 mos.
When volunteers were called for to fill the 11th Regiment which was being raised in the fall of 1862, young Burnham then only 18 felt a strong desire to join it, and after a painful hesitation between patriotism and duty to his aged and infirm parents ( an older brother being already in the army) at length enlisted in Co. A at this place. He at once took a good stand as a soldier - always prompt to accept any duty however arduous - ready to endure any privation when duty called, and cheerful and manly in all his deportment, he won the approbation of all the company officers and when the 11th was changed to the Vt. 1st Heavy Artillery was promoted to a warrant officer. He followed the varying fortunes of his regiment in and around Washington, and went with it to the front after the battle of the Wilderness, participating in all the severe fighting of the campaign which ended in the investing of Petersburg. Co. A was one of those detailed to make the memorable attack on the Weldon railroad on the 23rd of June last, and which ended so disastrously to them. Corp. Burnham was severely wounded in the neck during the fight, and although unable to speak and apparently dying, was carried in the arms of a brave comrade until it was certain that the wounded man must be left or he be made a prisoner. Burnham thus fell into the hands of rebels, was by them sent to Petersburg and thrown into prison where he expired after eight days of protracted suffering, adding another heroic name to the long list of our lamented dead.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.