Felix A. Burns was born about 1836 in Kentucky as the first child of Bernard Burns Catherine Mcswiggan He had five siblings, namely: Mary Catherine, Agnes Ann, Catherine V., Bernard J., and John. He died on 28 May 1864 in Killed at the Battle of Hawes Shop in the civil war. Felix A. Burns was counted in the census in 1840 in Birmingham, Allegheny, Pennsylvania. He was counted in the census in 1850 in Birmingham, Allegheny, Pennsylvania. He was counted in the census in 1860 in Dalles, Wasco, Oregon. He lived in Dalles, Wasco, Oregon, United States in 1860. He served in the military (Killed Company E, 13th Cavalry Regiment Pennsylvania on 28 May 1864 at Hawes' Shop, VA.). His reference number is 1322. He was killed in Company E, 13th Cavalry Regiment Pennsylvania on 28 May 1864 at Hawes' Shop, VA.. He was buried in Hanover County, Virginia near the Hawes Shop Monument.
Felix Burns Civil War Letters
- Letter from Felix Burns to Mother Catherine Burns May 27, 1862
- Care of Captain Kane MD
- Felix Burns
- May 27th, 1862
My Dear Mother, I take this pleasant opportunity of writing to you to inform you that I am well at present and hope that you and my sisters and brothers are the same. Mother, I have not received a letter from you since I was in Gloucester New Jersy. Answered your letter in gilander? the same day I received yours. I have been very uneasy since we did not stop in Gloucester but now we left there and came to Baltimore. I have been expecting to be paid every day since we have been here and on a dead/ account, I did not to write till I could send you some money. Mother, we have not got our horses or arms yet but we are expecting to get our arms soon and if there's time for us to get them we do not know what we will we will be called yet. some think we will be mounted riflemen and others say we will be Dragoons. but we will know soon. we are expecting to be paid this week for sure. Mother, there is a great many ?? here in this city, last Sunday there was several riots in the city between iron?citizens and ??? men the iron? partly is the thought party in Baltimore. we are camping about for a while and half from the city here is several reassignment or regiment about? Mother, there is very exciting times about here just now General Banks is retreating back to harpers ferry and made the rebels very proud. Hear they turned out in big crowds from the city but the /// //// put them down again.. Mother, when you write to let me know if any of the Birmingham boys were killed in the battle of Williamsburg. Mother, I never got that letter you sent to Harrisburg. Mother, there is a great number of boys who are expecting a furlough to get some money whey they get paid. but I think I hear of a great many of them will be discharged. I think we will have moved to Birmingham after we get our money. Mother, give my love to Aunt, Uncle and all my cousins. I write to Uncle Curry and never got an answer yet. Mother, How is Gus Roselip getting along. How is Little Chrissy and Kate. when you write me let me know how ?? your fair came out in Birmingham Kate did raise a baux? at the fair. Kate, you are a long time about writing to me. you and kate must write me a letter to let me know all the news. Barney and Johnny be good boys. Mind your mother and Retreat of bad company Your loving and affectionate son Felix Burns
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- Civil War Letter to Mother (Catherine Mcswiggan Burns)
- Felix Burns
- May 9th 1863
Dear Mother, I received yours of the 30th. wich gave me great pleasure to hear from you all. I was glad to hear of that money arriving safe. Mother, I am well at present and hope you are all enjoying the same blessing. I expect you were all scared pretty bad when the Rebs was in Murphy Town? I would have liked to have been home about that time. Our regiment was after that time. Rebels? We expected to crunch them when they were coming back but didn't. They came back XXXunreadable then would one men was after them a few XXunreadable it is reported now, our regiment is under Marching orders and we are going to Wheeling or some others are going to Birmingham. I hope it is my time for I am getting tired of this place. all of the Virginia troops that were here are leaving for Wheeling. Rebel General Jones and Embody are moving towards wheeling. Our troops are going there to receive them. if our troops get there before them, They will give the Rebs a warm reception. Mother all the boys here are in great spirit. when we heard that General Hooker' had crossed the river and had attacked' Lee and Jackson. Well, the first saw papers we got here was very concerning. you would hear the boys and they would say we will all be home by the 4th of July but faster days as papers thought all the Pr?? out of them again when we heard that hooker crossed the river back again. the first news I got to hear is the Rebels citizens here were marched down in the mouth? it has all in a yes opinion of the Rebs. That if Hooker was defeated that some forget that Jackson would make a raid in Winchester and that's what they would like to see. Mother, the last fight our regiment had was at Strawsburg. They took 11 of our men prisoner and took their arms from them and said " Get Ready To Die" and killed every man they took prisoner. Mother, How did you make out with that Bond. How did Morris Kelly look when he was home. did you hear anything from Jack Flore. How is little Chrissy getting along there since Mr. O Callaghan that you mention has he come yet. what did he have to say when he was to see you. How does Aunt Coyle like Birmingham. Do you ever hear from Hannah Taggert, How is she getting ST? Mother, I write to Jerl Turst? and haven't received anything. if you want and you didn't get them I want you to buy a sewing machine for yourself and if you have any money left then buy yourself some clothing with the balance. We are expecting to get paid again soon and if we do I will send you all my money. How is Barney getting along making chimneys. why don't he answer the last letter i wrote to him. How much does he average a week blowing chimneys. give my regards to Gus Roslip and to all X Friends that is if I have anything. Is John J. doing anything now. Best give my love to all my sisters and brothers.
write soon Your loving son Felix Burns
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Letter from Felix Burns to Mother Catherine Burns Jan 1864
- A Letter that Felix Burns wrote to his Mother during the Civil War.
- Camp Turkey Run January 30th, 1864
Dear Mother, I received yours of the twenty-fourth, I was glad to hear you are all well. as this leaves me at predicament? I am glad to know that Gus XX get the draft. Mother, I was afraid that Barney would be drafted but if there was any danger you would of said something about it in your letters. How is Barney Conducting himself since I left home. I hope he is a good boy. why don't the boys write to me, I wrote to both of them and have not got an answer from either of them. Mother, I was very uneasy because I did not get a letter from him in so long. you sought to write to me offener than you do. Here is so many of you and you have a better chance to write than I have. If you knowed how glad a soldier is to hear from home, you would write more often than you do.
Mother, you mention in your letter that you thought I would be home soon.. at the time I seen Billy Weaver before he went home and I was telling him that our regiment was going home to Pennsylvania, to reenlist as veteran volunteers. but our regiment wouldn't be let go home in body. and when the officers found that they couldn't get to go home that way this wouldn't go to a fall? that was the way that I expect a furlough
Well, there was an order came to us the other day. that only man that had two years served could re-enlist and get a thirty-five-day furlough and eight hundred dollar bounty. Well, I thought it over a while and I thought it was a good way to get eight hundred dollars and maybe the war would be over soon and I put my name down to reenlist but I don't know how it will go reenlist. or if I will be home soon again.
Mother, I got four months pay that was Fifty Four dollars. I loaned Ten Dollars to Lieutenant O’callaghan, he asked me for it. he did not get paid last time. I had to buy a pair of boots, I was barefooted. Them boots I brought from home fell to pieces, I couldn't draw from the commissary for they hadn't any and my feet was on the ground. I had to go over to a settler store and pay Eleven dollars for a pair. the next day we went on that scout. I told John about it in his fast letter. I had no blankets along with me and that night I nearly froze. I lay down by the fire and when I woke up my new boots were in the fire and burnt. I froze my feet burnt my feet and burnt my boots all in one night New years night.
We have a seller in our regiment now, I have spent some money for things to eat. I bought a sack of buckwheat and 25 pounds of flour and a for a few dollars some butter and cheese and fish. and many other things to eat. it has brought my piles down. and twenty dollars that I will send you so you have it to pay Rent by the 4th of April.
Give my love to all my Sisters and Brothers. Little Chrissy and Kate. Give my regards to Gus Roselip, Pat Coyle, and Ed Boyle
your loving son Felix Burns 13 PA Cavalry Company E Warrenton
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Transcribed by Robin Coles 2nd Great Grand Niece