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Samuel Worcester Burrows Letter

Identifier: Ms-2008-038

Scope and Content

This collection contains a letter written by Private Samuel Worcester Burrows of Company C, 27th New York Infantry, during the American Civil War. Writing to "Friend Wheeler" from a camp near Harrison's Landing [Virginia] on August 1, 1862, Burrows states that the regiment is enjoying a rest after heavy marching and fighting. He looks forward to seeing "that wonderful city Richmond, of which there has been so much said" but, in noting the army's previous attempts to take the city, calls it "the worst place to get at I ever saw." He defends the Army of the Potomac from criticism of its activities in the recent Seven Days Battles and claims that the strength of the Confederate Army had been underestimated. Burrows continues with a favorable description of camp health, rations and recruiting.


  • 1862


Language of Materials

The materials in the collection are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

S. Worcester Burrows, son of Palmer and Sophronia Shaw Burrows, enlisted in the 27th New York Infantry, serving as a private, during the American Civil War. In October 1863, he transferred to the 1st New York Veteran Cavalry, serving as second lieutenant. He was captured in 1864 and held a prisoner of war until his release in February 1865. After the war, he married Jennie Rhodes of Akron, Ohio. The couple had four children (Frederick, Lewis, Mary and Carl) and resided in Ohio.

Company C of the 27th New York Infantry was recruited at Binghampton, New York and mustered into Federal service with the rest of the regiment at Elmira on July 9 and 10, 1861. The regiment proceeded immediately to Washington, D. C. and participated in the First Battle of Bull Run just one week later. Attached to 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 1st Corps, Army of the Potomac, the 97th proceeded in April to the Virginia Peninsula and participated in battles at West Point and Yorktown and the Seven Days Battles. Later, it participated in the battles of Second Bull Run, Antietam and Fredericksburg. Soon after its participation in the Battle of Chancellorsville, the regiment returned at the end of its service to Elmira, where it was mustered out of service on May 31, 1863.


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The collection contains an American Civil War letter of Samuel Worcester Burrows, a private in Company C, New York Infantry.

Source of Acquisition

The Samuel Worcester Burrows Letter was purchased by Special Collections in 2008.

Related Archival Material

Also at Virginia Tech Special Collections and University Archives, the Burrows Family Letters, Ms2008-007, contain additional letters of Burrows and other members of his family.

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Samuel Worcester Burrows Letter by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement and description of the Samuel Worcester Burrows Letter commenced and was completed in July 2008.

Samuel Worcester Burrows Letter, 1862
John M. Jackson, Archivist
2008 (CC0 1.0)
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech Repository

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