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Marquis D. L. Burnett Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-2527

The Marquis D. L. Burnett Collection, 1846-2000 (bulk 1862-1894), contains a memo book, photograph, and documents pertaining to Lt. Col. Marquis D. L. Burnett. The memo book (Series I) records Burnett's experiences during the Civil War as part of the 5th Tennessee Mounted Infantry of S. P. Carter's 24th Brigade, Brigadier Gen. George W. Morgan's 7th Division, Army of the Ohio, and his travels throughout the mountains of Kentucky and Tennessee (March 1862-August 1863). The journal also includes drafts for preparing claims for soldiers pay, a draft of an affidavit regarding Burnett's injury, an application for arrears of pay and bounty, and account details for soldiers' provisions. The rest of it deals with his postwar career as a Baptist minister with ordination services, sermon topics, reports of service and labor, and a poem (November 1871-April 1879).

The second series includes background information and copied documents for Burnett. Included is his photograph, a marriage certificate (1846), 1995 & 2000 articles about churches he preached for, a packet of Civil War service records (1862-93), and a packet of pension and disability affidavits for him and his widow (1882-94).

Dates

  • 1846-2000 (bulk 1862-1894)

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

0.2 Linear Feet

Abstract

The Marquis D. L. Burnett Collection, 1846-2000 (bulk 1862-1894), contains a memo book, photograph, and documents pertaining to Lt. Col. Marquis D. L. Burnett. Among other things, the memo book records Burnett's experiences during the Civil War (1862-63), lists accounts for soldiers' provisions, and provides descriptions of Burnett's career as a Baptist minister (1871-79), including notes on ordination services, reports of service and labor, etc. The copied documents include Burnett's 1846 marriage certificate, articles about churches where he preached, Civil War service records, and pension and disability affidavits.

Biographical/Historical Note

Lieutenant Colonel Marquis D. L. Burnett (1825-1894) was born in Stockton, Roane County, Tenn. He was mustered into the 5th Tennessee Mounted Infantry (Union) on March 28, 1862. Due to a leg injury, he was honorably discharged on tender of resignation on Aug. 3, 1862. The father of thirteen children with his wife Nancy Emaline Nipper, after the Civil War, he served as the first Pastor of Grassy Valley Baptist Church, Kingston Pike, Knoxville, Tenn., and continued there for fourteen years (1879-1893). He was also an attorney and notary public in Muddy Creek, Tenn.

The 5th Tennessee Infantry was organized in Barbourville, Ky., in 1862 and fought at Cumberland Gap, the East Tennessee Campaign, the Atlanta Campaign, and Wilmington, NC. The regiment served during the Battle of Resaca, Ga., and during the Battle of Franklin, Tenn.

Arrangement

Collection consists of two folders and is arranged into two series:

Missing Title

  1. Series I: Memo Book, 1862-1879
  2. Series II: Background Information and Documents, 1846-2000

Acquisition Note

The bulk of this collection was donated to Special Collections by Gary Johnson in April 2005. It is part of the Johnson Family Historical Documents Collection. Rhonda Dull, a descendant of Burnett, donated the photograph and photocopied biographical information in June 2005.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480