Daniel and Sarah (Duggins) Burk, both deceased, are the parents of the subject of this sketch who was born in Lawrenceburg, Ind., Jan. 31, 1825. In 1847 he made his home in New Albany, Indiana, where he was married Dec. 19, 1847, to Martha A. Davis. His wife was born in Lexington, Ky., Jan. 19, 1829 and passed away July 28, 1895, at her home in New Albany, Ind., and her remains were interred in Fairview Cemetery, overlooking her old home. Three children born to this marriage: Robert E., Malinda A. dec. and Mary E. Her parents, both deceased, were Joseph and Malinda (Hatfield) Williams. Feb. 3, 1896, Comrade Burk was again married to Mrs. Mary Ann Bell, at New Albany, Ind. She was born near Baltimore, Md., in 1832. Many of her relatives served faithfully in the late war. Comrade Burk was a ship carpenter and was 36 years of age when he was enrolled Aug. 10, 1861, at New Albany, Ind., as a private in Co. F, 23rd Ind. V.I., and was subsequently promoted to Ord. Sergt., 2nd Lieut. and 1st. Lieut. At the Battle of Shiloh he received a slight gunshot wound. Nov. 14, 1862, he was honorably discharged at Lagrange, Tenn., by reason of resignation. He re-enlisted March, 1865, at Wabash, Ind., in Co. F, 146th Ind. V.I., as 1st Duty Sergt. He was furloughed for ten days and returned to Baltimore, Md., at end of time. He was detailed, by order of Brig. Com., as forage master near Winchester, serving as such until honorably discharged August, 1865, at Baltimore, Md. He fought at Shiloh, Iuka, Pacahoutas and several other minor engagements. His grandfather, John Burk, served under Gen. Washington several years. His maternal grandfather, Richard Duggins, served under Gen. Jackson and participated in the battle of New Orleans. His wife also had two brothers in the service, George and Calvin; the former in 12th Ky. Cav., was wounded, slightly, several times; the latter, was killed near Nashville, Tenn. Comrade Burk receives a pension, he is by trade a carpenter and his address is 187 Spring street, New Albany, Ind.
From the book, Presidents, Soldiers, Statesmen Vol. II
H.H. Hardesty, Publisher
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Copyright 2004 by Sharon Pike