Albert Burrell

·    Born Herbert Burrell on August 18, 1835 in Nottingham, England
·    Later took adopted the name Albert because he was fond of the Prince Consort (husband of Queen Victoria) as attested to in a post-war affidavits
·    Parents were Benjamin and Catharine Burrell of Mill Street, Nottingham England
·    Baptized September 6, 1835 in a Medieval Church
·    Enlisted from Allegheny City (now Pittsburgh’s Northside) on January 25, 1864 into Company C of the 14th Pennsylvania Volunteer Cavalry (159th Volunteer Regiment)
·    Listed as 26 years old at the time of enlistment
·    Took part in the Valley Campaign of 1864
·    During this campaign his regiment earned the nickname “The Barn Burners” and it is they who put the buildings of VMI in Lexington, Virginia to torch on  June 12, 1864
·    He was wounded in action on 22 December 1864 (GSW lower left leg) while taking part in the mounted attack at Liberty Mills, Virginia
·    He convalesced from this wound at the Military Hospital in Philadelphia
·    Additional wounds included loss of hearing in the left ear due to a cannon ball explosion at New Market and a saber cut over his eyebrow
·    Upon the war’s end he went west with the Regiment and was discharged with them at Fort Leavenworth as a Corporal on August 24, 1865
·    Returned to Allegheny City where he worked as a laborer
·    Married Isabella Hodgson on May 19, 1866 in her mother’s parlor
·    Received Pension number 212,628 for wounds received during service
·    Briefly a member of GAR Post # 230 (Col. James H. Childs Post)
·    Died February 11, 1910
·    Buried in Civil War section of Chartiers Cemetery in Carnegie, PA
·    His widow died December 24, 1912
·    His son’s house is still standing in the Crafton (west end) section of Pittsburgh
·    He is listed on the bronze Regimental plague at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall (though he is mistakenly listed as a Sergeant)
·    Listed in the unit history “The Fourteenth Pennsylvania Volunteer Cavalry in the Civil War” by William D. Slease (also a member of Company C).  This history is still in print

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