Saturday, November 03, 2012

Oliver J. Burns.

Major, Missouri State [Militia] Cav., Provost-Marshal Rolla Div.
[Sub-inclosure C.]
STATE OF MISSOURI, Phelps County, ss:

Oliver J. Burns, bugler of Company H, Thirteenth Regiment Cavalry, Missouri State Militia, being duly sworn deposes and says on his oath that he was present within a short time after the arrest of Lewis Morrison by Major Tompkins; that he was among the first of Major Tompkins' men who came to him; that he saw the revolver and letters, and heard many of them read, which were taken from said Morrison; stood guard over him afterwards, and after Major Tompkins had told him what order of prisoners he came under he was sullen and used every strategy to get away. The greatest vigilance was required to keep him. He denied that his name was Best. Admitted he was of the rebel army, and had passed stealthily through our lines. Made no effort to prove himself not liable under Orders, Numbers 18. And further deponent saith not.

Subscribed and sworn before me this 3rd day of July, A. D. 1862, at Rolla, Mo.

Oliver J. Burns, 5th., Missouri Cavalry, State Militia, Company H., enlisted February 18, 1862, as a Musician, at St.Louis Missouri, Mustered in April 14, 1862, at St. Louis Missouri.  Mustered out February 18, 1865, at Rolla, Missouri.

Authors note. 5th Regiment, Missouri State Militia Cavalry (2nd Organization)  Organized February 2, 1863, from 13th Regiment, State Militia Cavalry. Attached to District of Rolla, Dept. of Missouri, to June, 1863. District of the Border, Dept. of Missouri, to October, 1863. District of Rolla, Dept. of Missouri, to muster out.

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