Burnham, William T.
Age: 43, credited to Montpelier, VTVITALS
Birth: 05/05/1810, UnknownADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
Green Mount Cemetery, Montpelier, VT
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Lamoille Newsdealer: July 19, 1861
LETTER FROM THE SECOND REGIMENT
The following extract from a letter written by Capt. Burnham, Company H. dated Camp Fairbanks, Washington, D.C., June 30, 1861, we take from the "Caledonian"
Well, we are here now, and settled down in camp. Our tents are pitched on the Common east of the Capital, about one mile from the Capital building. We are completely surrounded by other regiments. Twenty-two regiments have arrived here within the last ten days, and still they come. One from Minnesota came Friday. I have seen quite a number of the regiments, but I am not afraid to match ours against any one of them, as far as the men and outfits are concerned. Some others are better drilled no doubt, but our boys are working hard, drilling as many hours as they can possibly stand, and all seem anxious to be ready for a brush and to become proficient in arms &c. We don't know how long we shall remain here. I have heard that the regiment would soon go out to camp near Arlington Heights, about six miles from here. We expect to change our old muskets for Minie rifles soon. Our drill has been changed from Scott's to Hardee's rifle. Gen. Scott is to review us tomorrow and we shall march down through the city.
I had the pleasure of receiving a call soon after our arrival from Charlie Lyman, Ex. Gov. Slade, and Lieut Newman. Mr. Lyman was looking very well, and seemed to be in first rate spirits.
Yesterday morning we were treated to a slight sensation by the reception of some Minie rifle balls whistling through the camp, three of which struck the ground. We immediately sent men out and found that they came from some men belonging to the Minnesota regiment who were firing at a target against the bank, and by accident some of them fired to high, so they came over into our camp. I see it reported in the papers that we were fired into by the secessionists, but that is a mistake; the above is the truth of the matter.
Joshua Sawyer of Hyde Park, my 2d Sergeant, was detailed by the Colonel to command the squad of men who pursued the supposed secessionists, and he did it up bravely and deserves much credit for his promptness.
I attended to-day divine service on the parade ground. The sermon was delivered by our excellent Chaplain, Rev. Mr. Smith.
Submitted by Deanna French.