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Curtis R. Burke journal

Identifier: W-0063

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a 482-page typescript of Curtis R. Burke's Civil War journal. The journal includes daily entries from October 1862 to June 1865. Notable journal entries include a description of John Hunt Morgan's raid into Ohio in July 1863 and an account of conditions in the prison camps Camp Morton, located in Indianapolis, and Camp Douglas, located in Chicago.

This bound typescript was edited by Pamela J. Bennett in 1971. According to information provided in an article by Pamela J. Bennett, editor of the published journal, Curtis R. Burke prepared a typed copy of his journal in 1914, drawing from an earlier journal to create the account. While the typescript copy written by Burke survived, the original was lost.

Source: "Curtis R. Burke's Civil War Journal." Pamela J. Bennet and Richard A. Misselhorn. Indiana Magazine of History, vol. 65, no. 4 (December 1969), pp. 283-327 (Published by: Indiana University Department of History. Article Stable URL:


  • 1971


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Biographical / Historical

Curtis Rensellear Burke, son of Edward D. and Anna Barbara Rice Burke, was born on January 24, 1842, in Massillion, Ohio. As a child, Burke and his family relocated to Kentucky. In 1862 Burke, then a student at Transylvania University, left school and enlisted in the Lexington Rifle company led by John H. Morgan. Under Morgan's command, Burke participated in the raid into Ohio in July 1863. He was captured by Union forces on July 19, 1863, and imprisoned at Camp Douglas in Chicago, Illinois. Burke was released in March 1865 and at the end of the war, he returned to Kentucky. He died on November 5, 1919.


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Typescript of Curtis R. Burke's Civil War journal which includes daily entries from October 1862 to June 1865. Notable journal entries include descriptions of John Hunt Morgan's raid into Ohio in July 1863, and accounts of conditions in prison camps in Indiana and Illinois.

Physical Location

The A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama


Gift of A. S. Williams III, 2010

Related Materials

Additional copies of the Curtis R. Burke journal are held at other institutions. For more information, see the following: Curtis R. Burke Papers, 1860-1865, US Army Heritage and Education Center, Carlisle, Pennsylvania; Curtis R. Burke Civil War Journal, 1862-1865, Manuscript and Visual Collections Department, William Henry Smith Memorial Library, Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Selected journal entries were also published serially in the Indiana Magazine of History. See Bennett, Pamela J. and Richard A. Misselhorn, "Curtis R. Burke's Civil War Journal," Indiana Magazine of History: v. 65, no. 4 (December 1969): 283-327; v. 66, no. 2 (June 1970): 110-172; v. 66, no. 4 (December 1970): 318-361; and v. 67, no. 2 (June 1971): 129-170.


Title of volume spine: Civil War Journal - Burke

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Haley Aaron and Martha Bace, 2013



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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266