Burrill Smith Jr.

Burrill Smith Jr. (abt. 1845 - 1900)

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1st Sgt Burrill Smith Jr.
Born about in Massachusetts, United Statesmap
Husband of — married before [location unknown]
Father of
Died in Massachusetts, United Statesmap [uncertain]
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Burrill Jr. was born about 1845 in Massachusetts.


In 1850 and 1860, he is attending school, probably in or near Boston, Massachusetts.


  • 1880: Porter
  • 1863: Laborer

His half-brother Charles was also a porter.


  • 1890: 4 James Place, Boston, Massachusetts (US Veterans Schedules)
  • 1880: 64 Putnam Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts with his wife Alice, daughter Harriet, step mother Caroline and half-brother Charles
  • 1863: Boston, Massachusetts (military enlistment)
  • 1860: Boston, Massachusetts with his father, sister, and 44-year-old Jane Bachanan
  • 1850: Boston, Massachusetts with his parents, sister, the Bassett family (Caroline, George and J. A.), 74-year-old Virginian Julia Jackson, 30-year-old Virginian Ann Muton, Mary & Thomas Collins, and the Lavinia Johnsons (58 and 13 years old, respectively)

Military Service

First Sergeant in Company A of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry of the Union Army, the first regiment in the United States made up entirely of enlisted men of color. He was about 18 years old, single and working as a laborer when he enlisted on 12 February 1863 in Boston, Massachusetts. He was wounded in action on 18 July 1863 at the Second Battle of Fort Wagner. Mustered out 20 August 1865.

The highest rank attainable for soldiers of color at this time was Sergeant Major. The promotional path was Private -> Corporal -> Sergeant -> First Sergeant -> Quartermaster Sergeant -> Sergeant Major.

Census Race

  • 1850, 1860, 1880: Black



  • "United States Civil War Soldiers Index, 1861-1865," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F9TM-WJ9 : 4 December 2014), Burrell Smith, Jr., First Sergeant, Company A, 54th Regiment, Massachusetts Infantry (Colored), Union; citing NARA microfilm publication M544 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 37; FHL microfilm 881,906.
  • 1850 United States Federal Census Year: 1850; Census Place: Boston Ward 6, Suffolk, Massachusetts; Roll: M432_336; Page: 399B; Image: 157
  • 1860 United States Federal Census Year: 1860; Census Place: Boston Ward 6, Suffolk, Massachusetts; Roll: M653_521; Page: 914; Family History Library Film: 803521 (as Burrell Smith)
  • 1880 United States Federal Census Year: 1880; Census Place: Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts; Roll: 544; Page: 259B; Enumeration District: 444
  • 1890 United States Veterans Schedules for Boston, Massachusetts
  • Emilio, Luis Fenollosa. History of the Fifty-Fourth Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, 1863-1865, Boston, Massachusetts: Boston Book Co., 1891 (1st ed.) and 1894 (2nd ed.)
  • Find a Grave: Burrill Smith

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54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Company A, September 1863 Remarks
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