Thursday, December 19, 2013

CW letter + Emanuel Burget +

"April the 20th <fn> 1865
Camp near Alexandria Virginia <fn>
Dear wife
It is with the greatest of pleasure that I have one more opportunity of writing you a few lines to let you know that I and all the rest of the corner boys are well with the exception of J? Grofs (Gross) and Ofs (Oss)
 More Joe is well but he has the rheumatism so he couldn't march he and Orr was sent from Richmond on the cars and I haven't heard from them since I expect they are at Washington I do sincerely hope when these few lines comes to hand they may find you enjoying good health I just received your most welcome letter of Apr the 21st (sic?) and was truly glad to hear that you was well...
Well now Naomi I will tell you something about our march we started on the last (first?) day of April landed here yesterday and 19 making just 20 days march I marched all the way also was pretty hard on me I just got up to the regiment the night before they started on the march I came pretty near being left at Raleigh I took sick at capefear river and the doctor thought I had the smallpox and sent me to the smallpox hospital but it didn't hurt me much the doctor of the hospital said I had the verioloid (sic) I was only sick one week and only stayed at the hospital two days I was very weak for the first few days afterward...
But I kept right up with the regiment you would been surprised to have seen me I was as spotted as leopard the doctor made me through my clothes all away but I had on only my hat and shoes you say you would like to see me I guess(?) would like to see you and the children and I do hope and believe that I will have the pleasure of seeing you again first of July at the very longest if it was the smallpox I had it didn't leave any marks that you can notice tell Cin that if I have the luck to get home that I will bring her doll tell Billy I will bring him something to and...
I will bring Naomi something to I want you to keep some of that sausage for me when I come home Well Naomi I am tired and I will close I got a letter from Almira and Marg yesterday I will write to them tomorrow
From your loving Husband Emanuel Burget
To Naomi Burget And Cin & Will... "

Regimental History
Fifty-eight Indiana Infantry. — Cols., Henry M. Carr, George P. Buell; Lieut. - Cols., George P. Buell, James T. Embree, Joseph Moore; Majs., James T. Embree, Joseph Moore, William A. Downey. This regiment was organized at Princeton in Oct., 1861... Its brigade was the first to enter Chattanooga, was engaged at Chickamauga, where the regiment lost in killed, wounded and missing, 171 out of the 400 engaged. It then moved into Chattanooga, participated in the battle of Nov. 23, and was with Warner's brigade of Sheridan's division in the assault on Missionary ridge, losing 5 killed and 61 wounded. It made a forced march to the relief of Knoxville, which was besieged by Longstreet's army, and was encamped in the hills of East Tennessee during the winter, without tents or provisions, except such as could be foraged from a poor country. It reenlisted on Jan. 24, 1864 and visited Indiana on furlough in March. On the return to Chattanooga in April, it was assigned to the engineer department for Sherman's army and did all the bridging from Chattanooga to Atlanta, being often under fire. In October 170 veterans and recruits of the 10th Ind. were transferred to the 58th and remained with it while in service. In the division of the army at Atlanta in November the 58th was assigned to the Army of Georgia, composed of the 14th and 20th corps commanded by Gen. Slocum. The regiment did all the bridging and road repairing for that army from Atlanta to Savannah, including the rebuilding of King's bridge, 1,000 feet long, across the Ogeechee river. The non-veterans were mustered out at Savannah, Dec. 31, 1864. The regiment did all the bridging for the army of Georgia from Savannah to Goldsboro, N. C, including a pontoon bridge over the Savannah at Sister's ferry, where the men worked for six days in water from two to four feet deep. In this campaign the regiment made over 16,000 feet of bridges, much of the work being done at night with the enemy in close proximity. The regiment marched from Goldsboro to Washington, D. C, bridging all the streams on the route except the James river. It was transferred to Louisville and mustered out July 25, 1865. Its original strength was 904; gain by recruits, 816; reenlistments, 202; total, 1,922. Loss by death, 262; desertion, 45; unaccounted for, 16.
Footnotes:Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing Company, 1908 - Volume 3
The 58th Regiment Indiana Infantry was an infantry regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War.


The 58th Indiana Infantry was organized at Princeton and Indianapolis, Indiana beginning November 12 and mustered in for a three year enlistment on December 22, 1861.
The regiment was attached to 21st Brigade, Army of the Ohio, January 1862. 21st Brigade, 6th Division, Army of the Ohio, to September 1862. 15th Brigade, 6th Division, II Corps, Army of the Ohio, to November 1862. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, Left Wing, XIV CorpsArmy of the Cumberland, to January 1863. 
1st Brigade, 21st Division, XXI Corps, Army of the Cumberland, to October 1863. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, IV Corps, Army of the Cumberland, to April 1864. 
Unattached Pontooneers, Army of the Cumberland and Army of Georgia, until July 1865. The 58th Indiana Infantry mustered out of service at Louisville, Kentucky on July 25, 1865.

Detailed service[edit]

Ordered to Kentucky December 29, 1861.
Duty at Bardstown and Lebanon, Ky., until February 1862. March through central Kentucky to Nashville, Tenn., February 10-March 1, 1862. March to Savannah, Tenn., March 18-April 6. Battle of Shiloh, April 6–7 (not engaged). Advance on and siege of Corinth, Miss., April 29-May 30. Pursuit to Booneville May 31-June 12. Buell's Campaign in northern Alabama and middle Tennessee along line of the Memphis & Charleston Railroad June to August. Little Pond, near McMinnville, August 30. March to Louisville, Ky., in pursuit of Bragg August 30-September 26. Pursuit of Bragg to London, Ky., October 1–22. Battle of Perryville, October 8 (reserve). March to Nashville, Tenn., October 22-November 7, and duty there until December 26. Advance on Murfreesboro December 26–30. Lavergne December 26–27. Battle of Stones River December 30–31, 1862 and January 1–3, 1863. 
Duty at Murfreesboro until June. Tullahoma Campaign June 23-July 7. Occupation of middle Tennessee until August 16. Passage of the Cumberland Mountains and Tennessee River and Chickamauga Campaign August 16-September 22. Expedition from Tracy City to the Tennessee River August 22–24 (detachment). Occupation of Chattanooga, September 9. Near Lee and Gordon's Mills September 17–18. Battle of Chickamauga, September 19–20. Siege of Chattanooga September 24-November 23. Chattanooga-Ringgold Campaign November 23–27. Orchard Knob November 23–24. Missionary Ridge November 25. Pursuit to Graysville November 26–27. March to relief of Knoxville, November 28-December 8. 
Operations in eastern Tennessee until April 1864. Reenlisted January 24, 1864. Assigned to duty in charge of the pontoon trains of General Sherman's Army April 1864, and performed all the bridging from Chattanooga to Atlanta, from Atlanta to the sea, and in the campaign through the Carolinas. Atlanta Campaign May 1 to September 8, 1864. Demonstrations on Rocky Faced Ridge May 8–11. Battle of Resaca May 14–15. About Dallas May 25-June 5. About Marietta and Kennesaw Mountain June 10-July 2. Nickajack Creek July 2–5. Chattahoochie River July 5–17. Peachtree Creek July 19–20. Siege of Atlanta July 22-August 25. Flank movement on Jonesboro August 25–30. Battle of Jonesboro August 31-September 1. Pursuit of Hood into Alabama October. March to the sea November 15-December 10. Siege of Savannah December 10–21.
Campaign of the Carolinas January to April 1865. Non-veterans mustered out December 31, 1864. March to Washington, D.C., via Richmond, Va., April 29-May 20., Grand Review May 24. Moved to Louisville, Ky., June.


      • Dyer, Frederick H. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion (Des Moines, IA: Dyer Pub. Co.), 1908.
      • Hight, John J. and Gilbert R. Stormont. History of the Fifty-Eighth Regiment of Indiana Volunteer Infantry: Its Organization, Campaigns and Battles from 1861 to 1865 (Princeton, IN: Press of the Clarion), 1895.
      •  This article contains text from a text now in the public domainDyer, Frederick H. (1908). A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion. Des Moines, IA: Dyer Publishing Co.
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