Julian M. Burnett letters
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Julian M. Burnett letters

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Burnett, Julian M., -1865.
Title: Julian M. Burnett letters
Dates: 1864-1865
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0911

Biographical/Historical Note

Julian M. Burnett (d. 1865) and his wife, Julia, lived in Glynn County, Georgia. In 1864, he was captured by the Union army and became a prisoner of war on the U.S.S. Lodona at Fort Delaware. He received pardon in 1865, but died in South Carolina while traveling home.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a typescript of letters written between Julian M. Burnett and his wife and friends during his incarceration at Fort Delaware. Burnett writes to his wife while en route to the prison explaining to her that the charges against him are false, as it was another man named Burnett in another company who fired upon the Union soldiers, and not he. He asks his wife and friends to send letters to the Union generals in charge stating that he is innocent. The letters continue from prison, where Burnett falls ill. Also included are letters to him from a friend in Maryland and letters from his wife to officials asking for his release. There are also letters to his wife telling of Burnett's death in 1865 after his release, including letters from his traveling partner, Charles Trezevant, and from the family at whose home Burnett died. The typescript is titled, "The Odyssey of Julian Burnett;" the letters are arranged chronologically.

Index Terms

Burnett, Julian M., -1865.
False imprisonment.
Fort Delaware (Del.)
Letters (correspondence)
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Prisoners and prisons.

Location of Originals

Original letters were in the possession of Rev. John B. Morris of Atlanta, Georgia, in 1959.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material may have been acquired from Rev. John B. Morris of Atlanta, Ga., the great-grandson of J.M. Burnett.

Preferred Citation

[Item identification], Julian M. Burnett letters, MS 911, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information



Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List

Item 1: The Odyssey of Julian Burnett ( 13.0 p. )
Correspondents are: Julian M. Burnett (3); Julia K. Burnett; Maj. Gen. L. McLaws (3); Lt. Gen Hardee; J.T.H. Waite (2); R.W. Coleman; Charles Trezevant (2); Jos. B.S. Baker; Jonathan D. Coleman.