The 14th North Carolina Regiment

A memorial site dedicated to those North Carolinians who answered the call of their State
and served her honorably from 1861-1865 as members of the 14th Regiment, NC Troops

Burrows, James Archibald - Sergeant, Co. A

Jamey Burrows (or "Baldy" as his fellow soldiers referred to him) was born in 1841 in Warren County, NC.  He was enlisted in the regiment on July 6, 1861 at Camp Bragg, Virginia, by Capt William Johnston, company commander, with the rank of private.  He was listed on company muster rolls as present for duty from time of enlistment up to May 5th, 1863, when he died of wounds received on May 3rd during the battle of Chancellorsville.  He had received a promotion to 5th Sergeant on Oct 1, 1862.  He was listed on a Roll of Honor for the regiment, and the roll entry says he fought in the battles of Williamsburg, Seven Pines, Boonsboro (MD), Sharpsburg, and Fredericksburg. 


In a letter to Baldy's brother, dated May 10th, 1863, Zachariah Shearin (the company First Sergeant) wrote "...thinking you would like to hear something about your brother, who fell with the mark of bravery defending the country and those he loved so dearly..."  Shearin added, "...Baldy went in like a lion, appeared like he did not matter death or danger.  Though his appearances showed and his talk before he went into the fight that he would get killed or wounded so bad that he would die."  Shearin closed with, "...I have to relate Baldy died with the hope that all ought to have, he said he was going to heaven, and I must think he is there." 


The letter was written at Hamilton's Crossing, VA, near Fredericksburg. 


In a letter written by Baldy himself, date unknown, he offered the following verse: 


And if my guide should be the fate,
Which bids me longer roam,
But death alone can break the ties,
That tie my heart to home.


In memory of a southern soldier, lost to history.

Information provided by: Jeffrey Nash, whose great-great grandfather was James Archibald Burrows' brother.