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Major Edgar Burroughs, C.S.A., convicted guerrilla leader, shot while trying escape from a Union hospital

Death of Major Edgar Burroughs, Portsmouth, Virginia, January 26, 1864, artist's impression
01/26/1864
Major Edgar Burrough, a slave-owning Methodist minister and Confederate cavalry veteran, led partisans based in his home area of Princess Anne County, Virginia. Captured in August 1863, he had been sentenced to death as a guerrilla.  He was being treated at the Union Army smallpox hospital in Portsmouth, Virginia when, perhaps believing friends had come to his rescue, he was shot while trying to escape through a window. (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
James K. Bryant, II, The 36th Infantry United States Colored Troops in the Civil War: A History and Roster (Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Company, Inc., 2012), 41-42.
"Death of Guerrilla Burroughs," Harper's Weekly Magazine, February 20, 1864, p. 117.

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