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Sunday, March 22, 2015


Tristum Thomas Burke [Burch] died at his home near Chesterfield, S. C. on July 20, after some years of failing health. He was eighty-three years of age on July 4, 1927.
One of the first volunteers from Chesterfield County, he and his brother Jesse, in September 1861, joined the Kirkwood Rangers, 6th Cavalry Regiment, and were in the troop of Captain Shannon. The rangers reached Manassas just after that battle. Because of their splendid training and equipment, they were chosen by General Whiting as bodyguards, and later served as such for General Longstreet. The command took part in the Peninsular campaign, and some of the company helped to carry Johnston from the field when he was wounded at Seven Pines. During the seven days fighting about Richmond, Comrade Burke [Burch] was made courier for General Lee. When Longstreet was send West during the autumn of 1863, Burke’s [Burch] Company was annexed to the 7th Regiment, but shortly afterwards he was sent to the hospital with an infected foot, and later he was sent home to help gather up horses, and during the time General Lee surrendered.
During the days of construction Comrade Burke [Burch] took an active part in routing the carpetbaggers and otherwise in reestablishing law and order in the State.
Other obituaries may be found in:
  • [The Chesterfield Advertiser, Chesterfield, SC, August 11, 1927, page 3, Col. 4 & 5 ].
  • [The State, Columbia, SC, Monday Morning, August 1, 1927, page 2, column 2.]
  • [Confederate Veteran, Methodist Publishing House Building, Nashville, Tenn. , Volume XXXV, October 1927, No. 10, page 388.]
The best of the three is the Obituary posted in The State, 1 August 1927.

[1] Confederate Veteran, Methodist Publishing House Building, Nashville, Tenn. , Volume XXXV, October 1927, No. 10, page 388

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