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James Landon BurksRoster ID 983
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|Affiliation:||Class of 1862|
|Biography & Genealogy:||James Landon Burks, Class of 1862: Genealogy: Born- Aug. 29, 1833 in Botetourt Co. Va. Father- Arthur Landon Burks of Amherst Co. Va.; Mother- Damaris Wilson of Botetourt Co. Va. Pat. Grandfather- John Burks; Pat. Grandmother -[first name unknown] Davis, both of Amherst Co. Va. Mat. Grandfather- Thomas Wilson of Rockbridge Co. Va.; Mat. Grandmother- Mary Edmondson of Montgomery Co. Va. Married- Virginia Lewis Burks (probably his cousin), daughter of W.P. Burks and Elizabeth Paxton. Children- 1- Edward Yancey Burks; 2- Albert Sidney Burks; 3- Robert Burks; 4- Jesse Johnson Burks; 5- Rhoda Burks; 6- Damaris Burks; 7- Elsie Logan Burks; 8- Alice Evelyn Burks; 9- Virginia Lewis Bagby Burks. VMI Record: Entered VMI- Sept. 9, 1858; Graduated Dec. 6, 1861 standing 18 in a class of 35. Civil War Record: Drill Master for VMI Corps of Cadets in Spring of 1861; Also served with the 51st Va. Regiment while still a cadet and highly praised for his service by Col. (later Brig. Gen.) G.C. Wharton; Enlisted March 14, 1862 at Buchanan as Private in Capt. H.C. Douthat's Co. Va. Light Artillery; Made Sgt. by Mar. 1863; Slightly wounded in action at Port Gibson; Elected 2nd Lieut. Nov. 12, 1863; No further record. Careers: Farmer; teacher; railroad agent; postmaster. Died- April 29, 1918 at his home near Eagle Rock, Va. buried at family cemetery in Botetourt Co.|