John G. Burggraf collection, 1860-1904  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Burggraf, John G., 1825-1904
Title
John G. Burggraf collection
Dates
1860-1904 (inclusive)
1860-1865 (bulk)
Quantity
0.5 linear feet, (1 box)
Collection Number
WUA015
Summary
Letters written by John. G. Burggraf to his family from 1860 to 1865 comprise the bulk of this collection. The majority of the letters detail his experiences as a member of the 49th Illinois Infantry. Burggraf describes the aftermath of conflicts such as the battle of Shiloh, the capture of Fort Donleson, and the battle of Pleasant Hill. The letters provide details about daily camp life as well. The collection also contains Civil War memorabilia.
Repository
Willamette University Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Mark O. Hatfield Library
900 State Street
Salem, OR
97301
Telephone: 503-370-6866
Fax: 503-370-6141
archives@willamette.edu
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to researchers.

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

John G. Burggraf was born in Baden-Baden, Germany in 1825. His family moved to the United States in 1835 and settled near Columbus, Ohio. In 1851 Burggraf married Eliza Cox. In 1856 they moved to Centralia, Illinois where they lived until 1883. The Burggraf family moved to Salem, Oregon in 1891.

Burggraf volunteered soon after the Civil War began, joining the United States Army on October 19, 1861 in Salem, Illinois. He served in the 49th Illinois Infantry from December 1861, when the unit was mustered in, until it was mustered out on September 9, 1865. During his time in the military, he served as a carpenter, a mechanic, and secretary to Colonel Phineas Pease.

The Burggrafs had nine children. One of their sons, Charles H. Burggraf, became an architect noted for his designs of public buildings, including Education Hall and Waldo Hall on the campus of Oregon State University. Burggraf died on November 24, 1904. He was survived by two of his children, Charles Burggraf and Elizabeth Draper.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The letters written by John G. Burggraf begin in May 1860 when he traveled to Holly Springs, Mississippi for work. The majority of the letters were written after December 29, 1861 when he went to Camp Butler, Illinois as part of the newly formed 49th Illinois Infantry.

These letters cover various aspects of Burggraf's war experience. The 49th Illinois Infantry fought in a number of major battles during the Civil War including the battle of Shiloh and the battle of Pleasant Hill. While Burggraf does not speak of the battles themselves in his letters, he frequently describes the aftermath of battle. His description of walking through the battlefield of Shiloh is vivid.

The letters also describe daily life in camp. His account of "capturing" a writing desk from an abandoned house in the town of Dover, after the capture of Fort Donleson, provides insight into how soldiers provisioned their camps. In other letters Burggraf describes how soldiers built housing and kept warm during the winter months.

The majority of the letters are to his wife, Eliza, but there are also letters to his sons Willy and Frank; his daughter Lizza; and his sister, Margaret McNulty. The collection also contains a letter to Burggraf from Colonel Phineas Pease, a letter from Margaret McNulty (Burggraf's sister), Civil War memorabilia, and poems.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], John G. Burggraf collection, Archives and Special Collections, Mark O. Hatfield Library, Willamette University.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  Burggraf Letters, 1860-1865Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
 Letter to Eliza Burggraf
Written from Holly Springs, Mississippi
1860 May 5
1 2
 Letter to Eliza Burggraf
Written from Water Valley, Mississippi.
1860 May 27
1 3
 Letter to Eliza Burggraf
Written from Granada, Mississippi.
1860 June 10
1 4
 Letter to Eliza Burggraf
Written from Camp Butler, Illinois.
1861 December 29
1 5
 Letter to Eliza Burggraf
Written from Camp Butler, Illinois.
1862 January 22
1 6
 Letter to Eliza Burggraf
Written from Fort Donelson, Tennessee.
1862 February 21
1 7
 Letter to Eliza Burggraf
Written from Fort Donelson, Tennessee.
1862 February 26
1 8
 Letter to Eliza Burggraf
Written from "the Steamer Fort Wayne, 10 miles above Fort Henry, Tennessee".
1862 March 9
1 9
 Letter to Eliza Burggraf
Written from Savannah, Tennessee.
1862 March 19
1 10
 Letter to Eliza Burggraf
Written from Pittsburg Landing, Tennessee.
1862 March 23
1 11
 Letter to Eliza Burggraf
Written from "Camp McClemont, 2 1/2 miles south of Pittsburg Landing, Tennessee".
1862 March 26
1 12
 Letter to Eliza Burggraf
Written from "Camp McClemont 3 miles in the woods from the river" (Tennessee River).
1862 April 1
1 13
 Letter to Eliza Burggraf
Written from "Camp McClemont, Tennessee, 3 miles from Pittsburg Landing".
1862 April 3
1 14
 Letter to Eliza Burggraf
Written from Pittsburg Landing, Camp McClemont,Tennessee.
1862 April 14
1 15
 Letter to Eliza Burggraf
Written from Pittsburg Landing, Tennessee.
1862 April 15
1 16
 Letter to Eliza Burggraf
Written from "Camp McClemont, 5 miles from Pittsburg Landing, Tennessee".
1862 April 27
1 17
 Letter to Eliza Burggraf
Written from "a camp in the woods 7 miles from Corinth, Mississippi".
1862 May 12
1 18
 Letter to John G. Burggraf
A letter from Margaret McNulty (sister) to John Burggraf, written from Centralia, Illinois.
1862 June 2
1 19
 Letter to Eliza Burggraf
Written from Camp Bethel, Tennessee.
1862 June 30
1 20
 Letter to Eliza Burggraf
Written from Camp Bethel, Tennessee.
1862 August 19
1 21
 Letter to Willy Burggraf
Written from Camp Bethel, Tennessee, to son Willy.
1862 August 23
1 22
 Letter to Eliza Burggraf
Written from Camp Bethel, Tennessee.
1862 August 23
1 23
 Letter to Eliza Burggraf
Written from Camp Bethel, Tennessee.
1862 October 18
1 24
 Letter to Eliza Burggraf
Written from Camp Bethel, Tennessee.
1862 October 26
1 25
 Letter to Eliza Burggraf
Written from Camp Bethel, Tennessee.
1862 November 2
1 26
 Letter to Eliza Burggraf
Written from Camp Bethel, Tennessee.
1862 November 9
1 27
 Letter to Eliza Burggraf
Written from Camp Bethel, Tennessee.
1862 December 14
1 28
 Letter to Eliza Burggraf
Written from Camp Bethel, Tennessee.
1863 January 10
1 29
 Letter to Eliza Burggraf
Written from Camp Bethel, Tennessee.
1863 January 18
1 30
 Letter to Eliza Burggraf
Written from Camp Bethel, Tennessee.
1863 January 26
1 31
 Letter to Eliza Burggraf
Written from Camp Bethel, Tennessee.
1863 February 2
1 32
 Letter to Eliza Burggraf
Written from Camp Bethel, Tennessee.
1863 February 19
1 33
 Letter to Eliza Burggraf
Written from Camp Bethel, Tennessee.
1863 March 1
1 34
 Letter to Eliza Burggraf
Written from White Station, Tennessee.
1863 April 5
1 35
 Letter to Eliza Burggraf
Written from White Station, Tennessee.
1863 April 19
1 36
 Letter to Eliza Burggraf
Written from White Station, Tennessee.
1863 May 3
1 37
 Letter to Eliza Burggraf
Written from Germantown, Tennessee.
1863 June 9
1 38
 Letter to Margaret McNulty and Willy Burggraf
Written from Germantown, Tennessee.
1863 July 25
1 39
 Letter to Eliza Burggraf
Written from Germantown, Tennessee.
1863 August 14
1 40
 Letter to Eliza Burggraf
Written from Germantown, Tennessee.
1863 August 16
1 41
 Letter to Eliza Burggraf
Written from Little Rock, Arkansas.
1863 September 19
1 42
 Letter to Eliza Burggraf
Written from Little Rock, Arkansas.
1863 November 4
1 43
 Letter to Eliza Burggraf
Written from Memphis, Tennessee.
1863 December 6
1 44
 Letter to Eliza Burggraf
Written from Memphis, Tennessee.
1863 December 8
1 45
 Letter to Eliza Burggraf
Written from Memphis, Tennessee.
1863 December 15
1 46
 Letter to Eliza Burggraf
Written from Memphis, Tennessee.
1863 December 25
1 47
 Letter to Eliza Burggraf
Written from Memphis, Tennessee.
1864 January 10
1 48
 Letter to Eliza Burggraf
Written from Memphis, Tennessee.
1864 January 22
1 49
 Letter to Eliza Burggraf
Written from Vicksburg, Mississippi.
1864 February 2
1 50
 Letter to Eliza Burggraf
Written from Vicksburg, Mississippi.
1864 March 6
1 51
 Letter to Eliza Burggraf
Written from Grand Ecore, Louisiana.
1864 April 15
1 52
 Letter to Eliza Burggraf
Written from St. Louis, Missouri.
1864 November 20
1 53
 Letter to son Frank, daughter Lizza and wife Eliza
Written on board the Steamer Spray, Smithland, Kentucky.
1864 November 28
1 54
 Letter to Eliza Burggraf
Written from Paducah, Kentucky.
1865 January 22
1 55
 Letter to Eliza Burggraf
Written from Paducah, Kentucky.
1865 February 19
1 56
 Letter to Eliza Burggraf
Written from Paducah, Kentucky.
1865 April 18
1 57
 Letter to Eliza Burggraf
Written from Paducah, Kentucky.
1865 April 27
1 58
 Letter to John G. Burggraf
Letter from Lt. Col. Phineas Pease to J. G. Burggraf, written from Centralia, Illinois.
1865 May 1
1 59
 Letter to Eliza Burggraf
Written from Paducah, Kentucky.
1865 May 7

Series II:  Civil War memorabilia and poems, 1879-1904Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 60
"Be Kind to the Loved ones" – Poem
undated
1 61
"Filii Veteranorum" – Sons of Veterans Medal
1881
1 62
"Lines from a soldier to his friends" - Poem
Written and signed by J. G. Burggraf.
undated
1 63
Business card for "J. G. Burggraf and Son, Architects"
Hand-written message on back – "To Mattie from Charles, Sept. 19th, 1888".
1888
1 64
Poem
Signed by Leida Jane Cutler.
1879 November 9
1 65
G. A. R. Ribbon
Inscribed - "Sedgwick Post, No. 10, Dep't Oregon – In Memoriam – Honor the Noble Dead".
undated
1 66
Letter from Maria Heil
Written in German, signed by Maria Heil. Translation provided.
1888 March 4
1 67
Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic medals
1886
1 68
Photocopy of letter of recommendation for J. G. Burggraf
Signed by William H. Metcalfe
1864 December 29
1 69
Photocopy of obituary notice for John G. Burggraf
1904 November 24

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Fort Donelson, Battle of, Tenn., 1862
  • Pleasant Hill, Battle of, Mississippi, 1864
  • Shiloh, Battle of, Tenn., 1862
  • Siege and Battle of Corinth Commission (Corinth, Miss.)
  • United States. Army. Infantry--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
  • Personal Names :
  • Burggraf, Charles H.
  • Pease, Phineas, Lieutenant Colonel
  • Corporate Names :
  • United States. Army. Illinois Infantry Regiment, 49th (1861-1865)
  • Geographical Names :
  • Corinth (Miss.)
  • Fort Donelson (Tenn.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • correspondence