HURT, BURD ETHELDRED (1837-1911) Burd Etheldred Hurt, Confederate veteran, was born in 1837, in Lafayette County, Mississippi, to John S. and Catharine B. (Bowles) Hurt. In the mid-1830s, the Hurt family moved from Bedford County, Virginia to Lafayette County, Mississippi, probably by way of Hardeman County, Tennessee. After settling in Lafayette County, Burd's father, John, died in 1840. Between this time and the start of the Civil War, Burd remained in Lafayette County and worked as a farmer with his brother, H. H.
At the age of 24, Burd answered the Confederacy's call for soldiers and enlisted in Captain W. G. Vaughan's Company of Mississippi Volunteers in Oxford on May 15, 1861. After being mustered into service on June 7, Captain Vaughan's Company became known as Company F, or the Avant Southrons, 19th Regiment Mississippi Infantry and was sent to Virginia to join Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia.
While much of Burd's experiences during the war are unknown, it is believed that participated in most of the regiment's engagements, which included the battles from Williamsburg, May 5, 1862, to Cold Harbor, May 31 - June 12, 1864. During this time, Burd distinguished himself as a soldier and was promoted several times, ultimately attaining the rank of 1st Lieutenant.
Following the battle of Cold Harbor, the 19th Infantry moved to Petersburg and took part in several engagements, where Burd, on September 9, 1864, was captured. Following his transfer to the Old Capitol Prison in Washington, D. C., he was eventually moved to Fort Delaware, where he was finally paroled on June 17, 1865.
After his release, Burd returned to Lafayette County, but moved to Texas in 1886, along with several of his brothers and cousins. Eventually settling in Franklin, Robertson County, he continued to work as a farmer until January 29, 1899, when he moved to Austin to live in the Texas Confederate Home.
After living in the Home for 12 years, Burd passed away on February 3, 1911, and, with no known family, other than his nephew, Hammett B. Hurt, who was District Clerk of Robertson County, he was buried in the Texas State Cemetery among numerous other Confederate veterans who also lived in the Home.
Information taken from: Compiled Military Service Record; National Park Service Civil War Soldiers and Sailors website, http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss; Confederate Home Roster; History of the 19th Mississippi Infantry webiste, http://www.rootsweb.com/~ms19inf/misc.htm and information provided by descendant, Annette Bowen.