Maynard E. Burgess

Maynard E. Burgess was born in 1840, possibly in Macomb County, Michigan, the son of Erastus (b. 1812) and Lucina (b. 1815).

New York or Ontario, Canada native Erastus married Ohioan Lucina and by 1830 he was probably living in Hudson, Portage County , Ohio. Erastus eventually settled in Michigan, and By 1840 one Erastus Burgess was living in Macomb County, Michigan. In any case, Erastus eventually moved his family to the west side of the state and by 1850 Maynard was attending school with his younger sister Matilda and living with his family on a farm in Plainfield, Kent County. In 1860 he was still attending school with Matilda and still living with his family but on a farm in Cannon, Kent County. (He was probably related to Charles Burgess who was living with his family in Ada, Kent County; Charles would also join the Third Michigan.)

Maynard apparently enlisted in Company C, Thirteenth Michigan infantry as a Corporal on December 2, 1861, at Cannonsburg, Kent County, for 3 years, and was mustered on January 17, 1862. (Charles Burgess, who had been living in Cannonsburg as well, enlisted in Company A, Third Michigan infantry the previous year.)

It seems that Maynard reportedly deserted from the Thirteenth Michigan on October 6, 1862, at Springfield, Kentucky (the regiment was in pursuit of Bragg’s forces from October 1-16 in the vicinity of Wild Cat, Kentucky) and remained a deserter through January of 1863. Apparently it was during this time that he attempted to enlist in the Third Michigan infantry. He was listed as 23 years old and possibly living in Kent County when he apparently enlisted on October 20, 1862, in Unassigned, Third Michigan, at Grand Rapids for 3 years, although there is no record of military service in any one of the companies of the Third Michigan.

In fact, it seems that Maynard eventually returned to the Thirteenth Michigan on April 24, 1864, probably while the regiment was stationed near Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, constructing military hospitals until September of 1864. The charge of desertion was never expunged but there is no mention of punishment in the available record. Furthermore, from July of 1864 through April of 1865 he was a Quartermaster’s clerk and on April 3 he was promoted to Quartermaster Sergeant.

The regiment participated in the March to the Sea November 15 to December 10, in the siege of Savannah December 10-21 and in the campaign in the Carolinas January to April of 1865. It took part in the surrender of Johnston’s army in late April. It also participated in the march to Washington in late April and in the Grand Review on May 24. The regiment then moved to Louisville, Kentucky from June 9-15. Maynard was mustered out with the regiment at Louisville, on July 25, 1865.

It is not known if Maynard returned to Michigan after the war.

In 1870 his father was working as a builder and living with his wife Lucina in Rockford, Kent County. By 1880 “Mainard” was working as a doctor and living with his parents in Solon, Johnson County, Iowa, where his father worked as a cabinetmaker.

Maynard was married to Helen M. She was reported as his widow (of the Maynard who served in Company C, Thirteenth Michigan) and living in Solon, Kent County in 1890 and also listed as living at 91 Second Street in Grand Rapids in 1890. Helen was probably living in Algoma, Kent County in 1910.

(There is one Helen M. Burgess, 1842-1922, buried in Rockford cemetery, Kent County, section F, lot 11, grave 7; also buried with her in the same lot is one Fred Lewis Burgess, grave 8, 1866-1899. It is possible that she was the same Helen M. Lewis, b. c. 1841 in Michigan, who was living with her family in Cannon, Kent County in 1850 and living with her siblings with the Watkins family in Cannon, Kent County in 1860.)

No pension seems to be available.

Charles R. Burgess

Charles R. Burgess was born 1837 in Michigan, the son of John M. (1815-1891) and Catherine (1815-1860).

His parents were both born in New York and were married March 23, 1835, possibly in New York. In any case, Charles' family moved from New York to Michigan sometime before 1836. (In 1840 there was one John Burgess living in Avon, Oakland County and one in Burns, Shiawassee County; both had one male under the age of 5 living with them.) By 1850 the family had settled in West Michigan and Charles was attending school with his siblings and living with his parents on the family farm in Cannon, Kent County. In 1860 he was working as a farm laborer working and possibly residing in Ada, Kent County. (He was probably related to Maynard Burgess who in 1860 was living with his family in Cannon and who would join the Third Michigan in 1862.)

Charles was 24 years old and probably still living in Kent County when he enlisted in Company A on May 13, 1861. He was on duty with the signal service in October of 1862, but in February of 1863 he was a cook in the Regimental hospital, and from March through April he was a nurse in the Regimental hospital. He eventually returned to duty with the regiment and was shot in the head while the regiment was engaged in the Peach Orchard, on July 2, 1863 at Gettysburg.

According to one Charles Borst, Burgess “received a severe wound in the head soon after entering the field; that medical aid was rendered; and that, thus maimed he again entered the ranks and fought with heroic valor until an arm was severed from his body, which wound occasioned death.” On August 15, 1863 the editor of the Grand Rapids Eagle wrote that “Charlie, for 2 long years followed his Regiment through all its bloody conflicts, repeatedly signalizing himself for valiant and heroic deeds; and now, in the hour of dawning victory, he lies a sacrifice upon the altar of his country. He was a youth of promise, beloved and respected by all who known [sic] him. He leaves a bereaved family and desolate hearth-stone. May his silent sleep be the sweet repose of a soul conscious of heaven's approving smile, removed from the distracting scenes of chaotic strife, this dark heritage of sorrow and ‘vale of tears’, crowned the recipient of a paradise of life, an eternity of love.”

On October 13, the Eagle reported that “Funeral services in honorable memory of” Charlie Burgess, “will be held at Cannonsburg on the first day (Sabbath) of November next. And thus one after another of the brave men who left the Valley City with the glorious ‘Third, have passed away, filling patriot graves, until its ranks number but comparatively few of the original gallant band. Nearly every battle field in which the Army of the Potomac has been engaged, has been moistened by the blood of the brave boys of the Third Mich. -- Honored by the memory of the fallen brave, and green be the turf that covers their patriot graves.”

Charles was buried in Gettysburg National Cemetery: section A, grave 6, Michigan plot.

His father apparently remarried New York native Betsy F. Fallass (1814-1888) and by 1870 they were living in Cannon, Kent County and in 1880 in Fallasburg, Kent County. In 1890 his father was living in Lowell, Kent County when he applied for a dependent’s pension (no. 461378), but the certificate was never granted. John had apparently died in or about 1891.